Yikes. First of all this means I have to go look at the novel. Which my agent has sent out to publishers. Which means I might find too-late-to-correct, horrendous errors. So, I'm avoiding this by trying to identify a few self-contained, perfect length, dramatic excerpts - without looking. I figure that way I'll limit my exposure to possible shame and panic.
So far I'm thinking the chapter where the woman born without legs learns to swim from manatees - the writing is sort of pretty in that part. Or maybe the cynical clerk in the Silver Springs gift shop selling alligator mugs made in China - I think it's funny, people like funny, right? Or, for a completely different mood, the death scene of the saber-toothed cat? Dangnabbit, I'm going to have to just hold my breath and open that file.
Come to the Larimer Arts Center in Palatka on Sunday, May 15th at 3pm to see if I've survived.