When he began writing the novel four years ago, Mr. Mitchell envisioned an even more intricate structure. He tried to write it as 70 short stories that each took place in a single year of Holly’s life, from 1969 to 2039. After writing 13 of the stories, he got stuck. “It’s one of those ideas that sounds good, but when you start writing it, you hit the problem: ‘Ah, that’s why no one has done this before,’ ” Mr. Mitchell said. But when he started over, he had much of the novel mapped out. “Wrong versions become the scaffolding that you use to build the novel,” he said.
I’ve though multiple times that I wish a shower curtain was a piece of wall art instead. Problem solved! This shower curtain-to-wall art DIY from 6th Street Design School is super smart. I’m going to put my canvas-stretching skills to use and try one to fill the gaping blank space on my living room wall. -EL