Stewing

It’s hard, but I am letting my draft stew. If I feel like I must work on it, I open up my outline and make notes. Right now, all I want to do is sit down and work on it, but instead, I’m going to write this post and work on the quilt.

One thing I’m nervous about is whether it’s derivative, if you’ll read it and be all “Oh, god, this is just like…” whatever. But I had an epiphany at the park. And I think it came from getting the hymnal. I like covers.

If you went through my iPhone and looked at all my music, you’d see I have multiple versions of lots of songs. I like hearing what different people do with the the same source material.

For instance, I’m really digging Town Mountain’s “I’m on Fire,”which is not a song I would have thought of as a bluegrass song, but when you hear them do it, you hear how it can be.

And when Tori sings it, I can’t say that it’s better, but it definitely sounds like her.

Ha, oh lord, check her doing “Whole Lotta Love!”

And so, of all the things I might worry about, as long as I’m not inadvertently plagiarizing anyone–and lord, if there is a lot of fiction out there about ministers’ kids, I don’t remember it and it seems like the kind of thing I’d have turned to–I think a lack of originality is fine. I like it, anyway.

I’m mulling on the title, some, too. I had been calling it The Preachers’ Daughters, because there are a ton in the book. A flock, if you will. But it really is just about one–The Preacher’s Daughter, but then I worry that this doesn’t do enough to warn away the people who might be offended. Like, say, The Satanic Verses, you know what you’re getting into there. “Do I want to read about Satanic things? No, I do not. I will stay away.” So, now, even though it’s not the whole book, I’m wondering about calling it The Devil and the Preacher’s Daughter, which sounds vaguely like an 80s miniseries that would star Kris Kristofferson.

So, I’m leaning towards The Preacher’s Daughter, but I haven’t made up my mind.

11 thoughts on “Stewing

  1. Oh man. Titles are tough.

    Preacher’s Daughters sounds vaguely like a Christian fiction novel. Which yours *kind* of is, but not in the way I mean.

    Devil and the Preacher’s Daughters is more promising, but yeah; Kristofferson-y.

    You might want to wait and see what else comes to you, though; it sounds like there’s a whole lot going on in your book, and maybe you can find a title that describes more of an overall theme/idea/image, and less just describing who the characters are?

  2. Me, I don’t like the X’s Daughter titles. Seems as if when women try to write about father’s, this is the formulation they come up, with lets the damned fathers define the daughters. Coal Miner’s Daughter, Mistress’s Daughter, and a slew of others I can’t remember off the top of my head.
    Preacher’s Daughters, now…that has a slightly different resonance.

  3. Yeah, I hear you on that. And I have to mull that over some. But it’s definitely kind of central to the book. If this is how you understand yourself and how others understand you, how do you extract yourself from it?

    That’s kind of the central concern of the whole Devil’s baby storyline–that neither the clergymen nor the Devil can understand the main character as being anything other than a supporting character in their great ongoing all-encompassing narrative.

    Ha, maybe I should call it “The Escape of the Preacher’s Daughter.”

  4. Yes, but that’s not how SHE can understand herself, right? I like the idea inside “The Flock,” which is the idea of flying (away). It’s true that the word “flock” sounds clunky in the mouth, but it’s got the right idea. So, something to do with birds? plural? or feathers? or wings? or winged?

  5. “The Flock” also evokes congregations, so does at least imply the connection to preachers.

    And it sounds at least a little like “fuck”, implying the connection to Satan.

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