Last Call: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Words from A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, PubCrawl’s Book of the Month. Photograph of perfumes used via Creative Commons

In A Face Like Glass‘s underground city of Caverna, wines can remove memories, cheeses can induce hallucinations, and perfumes can trick a person to trust the wearer in any instance. Odder still, everyone’s face is “as blank as untouched snow.” Facesmiths can teach others expressions, and how to show and fake emotions, but at a price. When a young girl, Neverfell, is able to display emotions as clearly as the most skilled Facesmiths, and always genuinely, she becomes feared by all, and is forced to wear a mask. Always seeing the truth on Neverfell’s face, makes her dangerous indeed…

Truth can be a tricky thing. Are there “truths” about yourself or your creative process that turned out to be more mythical than meaningful? How did you get past them?

Like always, leave your answers below, or share longer responses in a blog post on your own blog, linking back to it via the comments.


3 Responses to Last Call: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

  1. Alexa Y. Apr 26 2013 at 10:55 am #

    (I really, really, really, really, REALLY want to read this book.)

    Let’s see, a truth about myself and my writing process. I think I always believed that I was the type of person who could fly by the seat of my pants when it came to my stories. When I first started writing, those early pieces of fan fiction churned out naturally and organically. It was just too easy to write, and I thought that I was special, and that I would always have that effortlessness when it came to writing and plotting and figuring things out in my stories. I could fly by the seat of my pants forever and it would WORK when it came to writing!

    But the truth was harsh: I am not a pantser, at least not when I’m writing a work with characters and a world of my own creation. I need to research a little, I need to outline a fair bit and I need to write even when I don’t feel like writing. It took me a solid two years of NOT writing to realize this, years that were fun in real life, but in a drought creatively.

    I’m still working on getting past them. Habits die hard after all, and I need to learn new ones in order to continue to grow and develop and hone my writing skills. I do it in little steps. I’ve learned how much detail I need to put in an outline in order to still feel free and creative with the story after countless failed efforts. I’ve learned how to toe the line between research and stalling (when it comes to the writing). What I’m working on now is developing a habit of writing every day for at least 30 minutes. I haven’t quite gotten there, but I know I will if I’m persistent!

  2. Diana Apr 26 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I totally did a little dance when I saw this was the book of the month, because Frances Hardinge is on my Top Ten List of Favoritest Authors Ever.

    A truth about my writing life… Well, it’s not exactly the truth, but I think I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m afraid to stick with a project long-term. It’s not just the lure of the New Shiny Idea (though that certainly has something to do with it); it’s the fear of committing to something that may fail. I always thought it would be easy to finish something once I set my mind to it, even after dozens of stalled projects, but I’m finally allowing myself to see that the fear is a part of it.

  3. Claudia McCarron Apr 26 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    For the longest time, I thought that writing was supposed to be relaxing, fun, and romantic. While I knew that I had to work through the hard parts if I ever wanted to be successful, I felt that I was special and shouldn’t have to do that. That lead to a lot of abandoned projects, but I am slowly learning that if you learn how to cope with the tough parts– learn how to find solutions to the problem instead of abandoning the project– you learn so much and the process is so rewarding. But it is also much more painful 🙂

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