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I planned out this story and started writing it about three years ago, but only hammered out the first couple of scenes before being halted by writers' block exacerbated by being a full-time university student. Earlier this Autumn my partner persuaded me to join a weekly creative writing class, and it has done wonders - both getting me over my block and by giving me some new skills, both in writing technique and in critiqueing others' work.
Today in the post I received a book that I'd ordered a few days ago. It is called 'Jane: The woman who loved Tarzan', by Robin Maxwell, and published only earlier this year. The reviews online are brilliant, and flicking through a little bit I can tell that I am going to love it too.
On the back cover it says "'Jane' is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorised by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate." From reading the author's note in the last few pages, I can see that this Robin woman is as massive a Tarzan and Jane fangirl as I am. She's basically written an amazingly good, amazingly long piece of fanfiction, and has even got the ERB estate to back it. It even has a note from Jane Goodall on the back. Amazing!!
I think I need to meet this woman.
EDIT: I finished reading that Jane book yesterday. It WAS amazing! The author's version of Jane's character is SO COOL!
I never usually push for comments, but I spent a lot of time on this and I would really really love to hear what you thought of it - whether you enjoyed it or whether you thought it could have been improved. Cue demanding stamps:
I've had a couple of bits of feedback on it from other readers and there are some minor changes I plan to make. Particularly the whole slapping thing. I've been in two minds about that ever since I wrote it. If you have an opinion on that then do let me know!!
Thank you thank you THANK YOU again for reading it and enjoying it!! You and the rest of the *gang* are who I write for really well, and myself of course!
I completely understand your problem with the slapping scene. It caught me off guard when I first read it, it just seems so out of character. But then again, nobody's perfect and I could see it happening.
But anyway, it's so great that you enjoyed it
this is really well written and I really enjoyed the protagonist.
I love the fact that you coupled the text with drawing, which really brought it alive for me. another thing that I thought was smart was that you teased the climax at the beginning of the story. This really worked well to frame the entire thing for me. All in all I would say that you did some great work here, keep it up and you will get published in no time
Thank you, thank you, thank you