Hoarding the Jewels, Burning the Words

I'm more than halfway through my edit of Hollow Charm! The working title of my book refers to a sort of necklace, and there are a lot of necklaces in the story. I have cut over 5,000 words from the last draft but left in all the necklaces.

Why? I don't know. Honestly, I'm not sure if they symbolize something or what. This book is weird. It's one of those things I've created without trying to analyze it too much as I go. I like it that way, wild and instinctive. There's a lot of flow in it. And jewelry. There's gold jewelry and amber jewelry, but the most important jewelry in the story is made of garbage and human hair.

In real life, sometimes I like to wear piles of random necklaces. I like to mix valuable materials with apparent junk in a way that tells an interesting story.

I like things (and people too) that are beautiful in unexpected ways.

That's what I hope Hollow Charm will be when I'm done burning off all the stupid adjectives and vestigial backstories and layering on all the human hair chains. One day soon, I'm going to finish this draft and hand it over to my freaky husband, who has a certain way with accessories. I'll report back on what he thinks.

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