Saturday, January 29, 2011

back in the saddle

new words

that's what I'm doing today, or rather, trying to do

so far, I like my beginning, but, it's figuring out where to go from there that has me sitting in my chair, listening to the coffee pot percolating and to the sounds of change clinking in the dryer instead of thinking of new words to WRITE

listening has its benefits though...just yesterday my daughter told me about a dream she had where it "rained leaves" in her words

that gave me an idea and that idea has almost become a paragraph now and who knows, it might evolve into a short or even a longer work

still, it's putting the thought onto the page that I'm working on and today it is proving more than difficult

THIS is the start and it's where I'm already stuck:

Silverware was what you left until the end, in case you had to eat take out in a hurry while the movers loaded your furniture. At least that’s what Liza’s mom always told her in each and every one of their moves. Twelve of them to be exact. The last one, from Fort Rucker to Eglin. Alabama to Florida but Air Force Bases in the Southeast were pretty much the same. The process is what made it monotonous. Paper trails with no ends.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Year Remembered

I didn't read as much as I wanted to last year. But, to keep track of things, I compiled a list of novels I read during 2010 so I can compare with this year's progress.

1. The Time Traveller's Wife-Audrey Niffenegger
2. Streetcar Named Desire-Tennessee Williams
3. A Widow for One Year-John Irving
4. Revolutionary Road-Richard Yates
5. Black Boy-Richard Wright
6. Lolita-Vladmir Nabokov
7. Professor of Desire-Philip Roth
8. Portnoy's Complaint-Philip Roth
9. Water for Elephants-Sara Gruen
10. The Dying Animal-Philip Roth
11. The Feast of Love- Charles Baxter
12. The Human Stain-Philip Roth
13. Blind Assassin-Margaret Atwood
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany-John Irving
15. Ghost Writer-Philip Roth
16. Disgrace-JM Coetzee
17. Zuckerman Unbound- Philip Roth
18. American Pastoral - Philip Roth
19. Prague Orgy - Philip Roth
20. Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
21. Girl with a Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
22. The Anatomy Lesson - Philip Roth
23. Bridges of Madison County - Richard Waller
24. The Breast - Philip Roth
25. Deception - Philip Roth
26. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Steig Larsson
27. Shadowplay - Charles Baxter
28. A Theft- Saul Bellow
29. Marry Me - John Updike
30. The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest- Stieg Larsson
31. Sabbath's Theater-Philip Roth

2011 Goal: 52 novels

I've read three so far this year so, I'm on my way!