Changing Plans

Okay, I’ve talked this through with a couple of people whose opinions I respect and I’ve been doing a little preliminary diggings, just to assure myself that there are resources I could use and I think I’m going to do it–to write a history of Nashville. I feel like I need a unifying theme–something that lets me know what to leave in and what to leave out–which I do not have more than wanting to provide a moment for thinking about Nashville history in ways we don’t normally think of Nashville history. Maybe a history of everyone in Nashville who got metaphorically and sometimes literally kicked in the teeth.

I’m not thinking of something comprehensive. I’m really not capable of doing a comprehensive book, nor would I want to. I want to talk about the way we talk about Nashville’s history and the ways we could talk about it, if we just changed our focus. I think I could do that in 80,000-100,000 words.

I feel a little strange, though, about just setting aside the fiction shit long enough to do justice to this. Well, not completely set aside, but no longer let that be most of my extra-curricular writing. But it seems like this is the direction the muses point in and I have to see if I can do it.

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5 thoughts on “Changing Plans

  1. History and fiction have a lot in common as genres, more than most historians have been willing to admit. I’m excited!

  2. Oh, Rachel, I haven’t seen those! I’ll have to check them out. Right now, I’m just doing some preliminary outlining and I’m thinking of calling it “Villains, Scoundrels, Whores, and Others Unfit for Polite Company: A Brief Alternate History of Nashville.” At least, that’s my working title, so that I can decide who to leave out and who to keep in.

  3. I have a copy of Secret History II if you want to borrow it sometime. I won it through ruthless maneuvering at a Christmas gift swap. I love your working title. :)

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