A work in progress

Well, it’s not even mid-July and I’m almost a quarter of the way into writing the first draft of UNDER THE LIGHT, the twin to A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT. I love playing in Jenny’s head, experiencing where she went when she was out of her body, and seeing Billy through her eyes.

I dreamed, the other night, that Filmcolony (the producers who currently hold the option) were making the movie of SLANT. It was fascinating to see the scenes in which Helen shadowed her first hosts, the one where Helen and James wrote notes to each other in class, the one where they first kissed. I love dreams like that — they make me feel wonderful all day.

May your week be blessed, and in case you’re not familiar with them, I’m including (below) the two Emily Dickinson poems from which the titles of ACSOL and UTL were taken. (I like to pretend these two pieces were especially written for Helen and Jenny.)


There’s a certain slant of light,

Winter afternoons–

That oppresses, like the heft

Of cathedral tunes–

Heavenly hurt, it gives us–

We can find no scar,

But internal difference,

Where the meanings are–

None may teach it–Any–

‘Tis the Seal Despair–

An imperial affliction

Sent us of the air–

When it comes, the landscape listens–

Shadows–hold their breath–

When it goes–’tis like the distance

On the look of Death–


Under the Light, yet under,

Under the Grass and the Dirt,

Under the Beetle’s Cellar

Under the Clover’s Root,

Further than Arm could stretch

Were it Giant long,

Further than Sunshine could

Were the Day Year long,

Over the Light, yet over,

Over the Arc of the Bird —

Over the Comet’s chimney —

Over the Cubit’s Head,

Further than Guess can gallop

Further than Riddle ride —

Oh for a Disc to the Distance

Between Ourselves and the Dead!



8 Responses to “A work in progress”

  1. Wendy Says:

    I love these Emily Dickinson poems! Thanks for including them, and the sweet picture of Emily. I can’t wait for Under the Light to come out!

  2. Wendy Says:

    It is like Gram a bit, isn’t it? Maybe that’s what I like about it!

  3. Karen Amanda Hooper Says:

    I started reading A Certain Slant yesterday and just finished it a few minutes ago. I was upset that I had to go to work because I became so absorbed in Jenny’s world that I didn’t want to leave. Brilliant! My stories focus on the “old soul” theory and I loved reading your unique take on it. Can’t wait for Under The Light. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and creativity with the world.

  4. Robin Says:

    Wow, I love seeing the poem that inspired the titles. And I am SO excited about this sprequel! I ADORED A Certain Slant of Light. Definitely on my keeper shelf!

    Welcome to the blogosphere, Laura!

  5. Ka-Yam Says:

    Hi Laura!

    Ahhh! I’m so excited!!! I’ve dreamed about a second book in the world of ACSOL. So this news thrills me to no end! Keep writing the best!



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