Thursday, April 27, 2017

Write, and run away!

The deeper you go into a writing idea, the higher the risk that it never materializes. 

I've always been fascinated by "Time".  Is it another adaptive invention of mankind, or is it some universal constant, bedrock solid?  What of the Coriander Island natives that Margret Mead studied who had no concept of chronological time?

Then my bible studies found me circling around the idea of "Everlasting Life", and I started writing a poetic analogy wherein a raindrop falls and is carried back to the ocean by the river -- a blend of reincarnation and timelessness wherein "Everlasting" means "every second of all your days".  And my subconscious mind started working on a short story about some characters living in a timeless world.

As I muddled along in all of this, coincidentally I stumbled onto a poem by Emily Dickinson:

“Some keep the Sabbath going to Church -
I keep it, staying at Home -
With a Bobolink for a Chorister -
And an Orchard, for a Dome -

Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice -
I just wear my Wings -
And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
Our little Sexton – sings.

God preaches, a noted Clergyman -
And the sermon is never long,
So instead of getting to Heaven, at last -
I’m going, all along.”

...SCREECH the brakes.....she said it ALL.  Nothing left for me to say......bye bye

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Added a clip from Esmeralda

Added a few pages from "Esmeralda" describing her ferocious show down with Don Calixto.  Click on Esmeralda to the right on this page and then click on the link there to read the pages from the novel.

ALL comments welcomed and appreciated.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

So wander 2016 is almost over.  My plan of travelling with my woman and two dogs turned out to be a solo journey.  No woman no dogs.  What has this taught me?  Something. But WHAT? Not sure yet, but I do know it's got something to do with the difference between "What you want" and "what you get".  It's all good.  I have learnt that often what you get is BETTER than what you want.

So, I'll leave Santa Fe tomorrow and be home in Galveston by the weekend.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Not much writing these days.  Nice week in NH riding Tom's BMW R27 all over the place.  In Pittsburgh a few weeks with Maisha.  Leaving for Zion in a couple of days.

Been thinking about where to START a story--long winded beginnings.  Sometimes it seems more efficient to jump right into the middle and let the chronologically earlier events emerge as the story unfolds.  Recently viewed (excellent) movie "Before the Rains" STARTS in the middle of an illicit love affair and unfolds from there.  Stories.......Beginings......Middles.....Ends.  ???????

Monday, August 8, 2016

Working these days on Chapter 4 of "Track Lessons" wherein George is VERY surprised when he falls in love for the second time in his life.  Chapter 10 ("Yep", click on Track Lessons to read this complete chapter) deals with George's old age, Chapter 4 deals with his midlife love affair and the rest of the chapters deal with specific races.  Chapter 8 "Good tricks aren't cheap" Bryar Motorsports Park (Loudon), and  Chapter 9 "Who's that guy?" Summit Point WV are already written and I'll probably post one of them here soon.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

These days mostly working on "Esmeralda" developing the character of Don Calixto (Calixto Sarmiento), the villain, insane, rich-boy drug lord that is aimed at the confrontation with Esmeralda.  Power vs Love, the heart vs the scheme,.....

Enjoying reading "All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers" by Larry McMurtry.  Excellent easy (entertaining) reading.  Sharp contrast (lots of detail) to my hero Cormac McCarthy (missing detail).
Also intersting as a first-person novel.

Thanks to my son John for recommending "All My Friends...."

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Posted the full text of "Yep!", chapter 10 of Track Lessons.

Click on "Track Lessons" and you'll see the link to the text.  This is a human interest story about how motorcyle-racer George got into his "Golden Years" and how he adapted.  Bitter and sweet for sure.  I hope it is of interest to readers of all ages, the elderly as well as their loved ones.  Comments please.  Cheers.