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Carolyn See (1934–2016)

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Carolyn See was born Carolyn Penelope Laws in Pasadena, California on January 13, 1934. She received a bachelor's degree from California State University Los Angeles in 1957 and a doctorate in English from UCLA in 1962. She taught creative writing classes at Loyola Marymount University and at UCLA. visa mer Before she retired in 2004, she created a $100,000 endowment at UCLA, for the study of Southern California literature. She was also a regular book critic at the L.A. Times and the Washington Post She wrote more than a dozen books including the novels Rhine Maidens, Golden Days, and There Will Never Be Another You. With John Espey and Lisa See, she co-wrote two novels under the pseudonym Monica Highland: Lotus Land and 110 Shanghai Road. They also wrote a nonfiction book about vintage postcards entitled Greetings from Southern California. In 1995, See wrote a memoir entitled Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America. She also wrote a guidebook for beginning writers entitled Making a Literary Life. She received the L.A. Times Book Prize's Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement in 1993. She died of cancer on July 13, 2016 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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(eng) Carolyn See collaborated with her companion John Espey and her daughter Lisa See to write several novels, published under the pseudonym Monica Highland.

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Writing is a major commitment. Writing is a creative act, which tends to destabilize structure and norms. Best to keep what is being written secret, at least until its ready for publication. Otherwise, it might arouse suspicion or other unneeded feedback.

Writing is about writing, and what it needs are words written down. Its good practice to make it a habit to write close to everyday. Not necessary write the whole day, but words need to go unto a page. Writing needs the author to find the author’s own voice, and material. Using mostly what is known, the experiences and people that are familiar, to shape the world within the book. Knowing what ideas and thoughts to stay away from, is just as important. After having written the book, to revise the book. Seeing what is missing, and what can improve the flow of the writing.

Even if the content is great, does not mean people will read it, or understand it. Even after finishing the book, there is still more work to do to get people to read the book. Before and after publishing, the author is required to market their own work. Convincing people to read the book. The people who the author can ask to read and review the book, is everyone. Finding belonging with people who support the author’s writing is needed not just for morale, but also because those people would be more willing to read the book.

Caveats?
The advice is mainly for fiction writing, which might not easily transfer to non-fiction writing. Some of the advice that helped the author, may not help other authors. Need to personalize the advice to make it useful. Most of the advice is relevant no matter the era, but some of the advice is no longer relevant.

Language is explicit. Which may provide humor, or can distract from the advice. Another potential distraction are the personal references. This book is filled with many personal references, mainly to make the case that the personal references are the sources that any author should use. The references are sometimes useful to understanding the context, sometimes distracting.
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Eugene_Kernes | 7 andra recensioner | Jun 4, 2024 |
Her eyes were wide. She gazed at me with terrific concentration. "Yes, she said, "I understand what you are saying. I get it. But isn't it true--that your fear of nuclear war is a metaphor for all the other fears that plague us today?"
My mind had never been exactly fine. But sometimes it has been good. "No," I said. I may have shouted it out through the beautiful, sheltered room. "It's my view that the other fears, all those of which we have spoken, are a metaphor for my fear of nuclear war."

The threat of nuclear annihilation seems in some ways a memory of a by-gone era. Back in the eighties, and especially in California we lived in the shadow of our many Air Bases that could go on alert at any time. At some point you just had to stop thinking about it. I suppose in some ways it is still very much there and real, but it seems much less in our faces than global warming or terrorist attacks or even just a gunman showing up one day. Or maybe those fears have just replaced that one.

This book is in some ways very strange. In the first 85% of the book our heroine is a divorced single mom making her way through a man's world in the California lifestyle of the eighties. She takes husbands and lovers, raises two daughters, creates a bank and teaches wealthy housewives how to invest and create their own wealth. She sees all the craziness of California excess and success in the form of pseudo religion and success gurus. We learn her views on men and feminism. We meet her best friend who eventually becomes one of those success hucksters. Carolyn See captures California wonderfully.

And then BOOM. 85% of the way in--the world ends.

Very unsettling book but the prose is wonderful. I hope the author Carolyn See was able to exorcise some of her own fears in this writing exercise.

I learned about this book from an article in the Guardian on Reading American cities: books about Los Angeles. It is also a part of a series of reprints from the University of California Press on California Fiction. All of the books included in the series have been selected for "their literary merit and their illumination of California history and culture."

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auldhouse | 2 andra recensioner | Sep 30, 2021 |
I'm making my way through Carolyn See's books (this is my fourth) and I hope I can persuade others to discover her.

The best way to read the Handyman is to read the front section first--which is a fictional grant proposal written about an artist of cultural significance in the future. Then the book switches to the first person narrative of the young man who will become the artist. He lands in Paris to study art, but then immediately packs it all in and heads back to his home in Southern California. He picks up work as a handyman for the summer while waiting to return to school. He isn't the best handyman but he is good at fixing the lives of the people and families he encounters doing his work. He also discovers his own style of art as he works through the summer.

You might be tempted to go back and read the front section again while reading the main narrative, but my advice is don't do that. Wait until you've finished the book, and THEN go back and read the grant proposal. I did that and found the prologue to be delightful.

Pick up this book if you enjoy art, reading about California, and can enjoy the ways in which See can take a trope (young Handyman encountering housewives) and can bend the theme and make it something deeper. I can almost see Carolyn See winking at her editor and agent as she proposes a book with this title.
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auldhouse | 3 andra recensioner | Sep 30, 2021 |
One of the best books I've read on the literary life. Carolyn See brings her robust humor and decades of experience to the pages, offering practical wisdom at every turn. I ended up copying down several quotes and notes to help me remember her useful tips. And have been following her counsel to write 1000 words a day. Every day. Highly recommended!
 
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