In Which the Author Loses the Plot

So, needless to say, the team of my iMac and me are not about to break out as the next great thing in photography, and I probably could have combed my hair, but I thought I'd post this anyway to give you a sense of what my books look like as I'm writing them. This is from very near the beginning of the first draft of Graceling -- the end of Chap 1 and beginning of Chap 2, to be specific -- and also looks to be my first attempt at a map of the Seven Kingdoms. Writing longhand can get messy, but it's the way I love to do it -- I love to be able to touch what I'm writing. Digging this up was a blast from the past. Pictured is Notebook #2, and the date in the corner of the righthand page is 9.17.04. I'm currently writing in Notebook #11.

The phone call with Famous Movie Studio has not yet occurred, but may instantly occur at any moment. In the meantime, the whole thing has got me thinking about the movies, and all the ways our society constructs and regulates our notions of beauty. It's very important in our society, you know, that we agree on universal standards of (gendered) beauty and all strive to achieve those standards (in a gender-appropriate manner). This is important not only because it keeps us all in agreement, but also because it makes us all feel the same way. Bad.

I will now unveil to the world my own standards of female and male beauty, to give all you imperfect people something to strive for.

The Feminine Ideal

The Masculine Ideal

Ready, set, go! Strive! STRIVE!!!

In other news, the writing is turning out to be really fun this week.

Although I think it might be making me a little punchy.


Anonymous said…
i would like to point out, to readers of ms. cashore's blog who may not know her in person, that her eyes are very rarely as manic as they are in that picture with the notebook.

she is always, however, fully this punchy. and she is always -- always -- eating a roast beef sandwich.
Kristin Cashore said…
It's true. In fact, the reason I covered my mouth with the notebook was to hide the roast beef sandwich.
NoGrandmother said…
Are you partial to any particular notebook/pen?

(Also, you're very good to put up with my incessant questioning on your blog.)
Anonymous said…
Your masculine ideal is very reminiscent of an educ. publishing developer in Cambridge, MA, for whom you have done some work, no??
Unknown said…
So THAT'S why you're always looking disapprovingly at my nose.
Kristin Cashore said…
To Catherine: It isn't just that you have a nose. It's that you *don't* have antennae.

To Owlet: I LOVE these types of questions, actually. I would blog about these things all the time if I didn't suspect it would bore everyone else to tears. I use different kinds of pens -- my only requirements are that they write smoothly and not smear (I'm left-handed). So, I use cheap Bic pens sometimes, and sometimes I upgrade to fancier gel pens -- I'm willing to try anything, but a pen that smears or doesn't write smoothly will be instantly thrown away. I prefer blue, but also write in black sometimes. Now, my notebooks -- that's where I get really specific! I use college-ruled spiral-bound notebooks that have a hard cover, so that I can write in my lap or on the plane or WHEREVER and have the hard surface I need. I've used a couple kinds and they all seem to be European -- right now I'm using a kind called Super Conquerant by a company called Enri that I get from Bob Slate in Cambridge, MA (if I'm there, I buy a bunch, if I'm not, I call and they mail them to me ^_^). I LOVE these notebooks!

Finally, to anonymous: The educational publishers in Cambridge are indeed what INSPIRED my interpretation of the masculine ideal!

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