Jacqui Shelton
Entry #2


Dear Madelynne,

I’ve just realised that although you reminded me this morning, I had completely forgotten that I needed to write an entry for the blog today. It’s 2:52 in the afternoon so perhaps it’s not so late that you would consider it tardy.

The reason I forgot about this task is because I’ve been writing notes to myself all day. Sarah and I have been talking a bit about writing, as we are both in the middle of writing a large, research based paper, though she is much further along than me. I’ve found talking to her about it has given me a glimpse at the trying process of editing I will be attempting in a few years’ time, but for now I’m just writing babble and notes.

Speaking of babble, you are aware that I have been interested in the story of Babel, as told in Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh) and the Christian Old Testament, and as quoted in my previous letter/blog post. In the spirit of babble, Babel, baffles, and battles, I’ll list some of the notes I’ve written to myself today:

of find space for brief mention here? Truth, testimony. Translation of others? Truth presented as my own? ** water in new work Things taken out, things to add in, to writing. return to confusion of voices. Discuss babel, discuss toufics collaboration ____ after toufic, into to confusion and testimony in this work and TNBW… spaces coming towards each other… and water… Multiple voices, collaborating, making noise. Babel.. lead to intro therese’s voice. More politely than shaking hands with a wall Mary Shelley learning of alchemy and galvanism in her Scandinavian travels before writing Frankenstein -use of others words to express self Confused, altered, touched on…. Butler, benjamin More politely+ its relation to TNBW. is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? ‘untimely collaboration’ her amusement at the irony of encountering the word “transduced.”

To think that I’ll eventually make sense of it all – I can only hope that I make it to where Sarah is! In the meantime, I’ll just keep making more noise with megaphones.