A Quote from Ezra Adams, ex-slave from South Carolina

Ezra Adams was 83 when he told a Works Progress Administration interviewer about his time on the plantation of Lawrence Adams. He was clearly a writer who missed his time. Here’s an excerpt: “I ain’t going to say a word of evil against their dust lying over yonder in their …

Refinishing Meditation

I am struggling with a decision. Do I continue working a difficult temporary job or quit and devote myself to a technical book I’m writing with David, a novel I need to send out again, one I need to finish,  one I need to get going on, and a non-fiction …

απέχθεια ολοκλήρωσης

Empty shelves are sad but enticing. I dislike the sensation of having completed a novel. Sure, I like it for the first day or two, but shortly I begin to obsess about my characters. I wonder if I have done all I can to make them happy. The feeling is …

Prompt: Overcoming Fear

My house is clean, screens and a new screen door have been installed, my junk is reorganized, the house trim is repainted, email correspondence is up-to-date, and magazines are read. All in an apparent effort to avoid editing my novel. I read recently that fear of artistic failure can present …

2001, A Noveling Oddity

Mysterious Symbol, (c) me My novel has been taking two steps forward and two steps back all week, but in the past four hours, I wrote 2,000+ words! New words! Fresh, unedited, un-dithered with words! I’ve decided I like writing new stuff way better than editing. Why am I surprised? …