I leave around 11 for the East Coast. Laundry, water plants, etc. between now and then. I didn't actually buy the camera I wanted yesterday -- they didn't carry it yet at one store, and they were sold out at another. So I think I'm just going to buy it at Amazon. It's the new 7.1 MP Canon Powershot; spiffier than what my mother had planned on getting me for Christmas, so we're splitting the cost with them. Good deal all around, I think. :-) With this one, I should be able to take photos in Sri Lanka that I can actually blow up to a clean 15x20 print if I want. Very exciting. Now I just need to learn to take good photos. Luckily, I have many books on the subject.
The other thing I should do this morning is finish revising the last few scenes of the novel and send it out to people. I'm feeling disgruntled with it. I've gotten a lot done in this revision -- it's much better. But there are still quite a few things wrong with it. I know what they are -- some of them I know how to fix, some of them I'm not sure I do. Right now, I'm fretting that:
- Shefali's character doesn't quite make sense yet
- the prose overall isn't nearly as lyrical and beautiful as I'd like
- it's all still a bit much to-the-point of their relationship; it doesn't have as much denseness as I want from a novel (would adding material from their childhoods help, or just muddy things?)
- it is neither as wise nor as occasionally funny as I would like
- it is just not...not perfect, dangit.