Tuesday, December 29, 2009
T'aint the New Year yet and t'aint Christmas - just that weird bardo inbetween. Today is Tuesday and Gwen and I are writing all day! Just got back from walking the beast and now we're back at it (or will be in a moment or two). I'm working on The Sojourners - a novel based on my experiences in a west-coast logging town. It isn't a mystery - not yet anyway. I think it is 'my one'. The story that I have to write and that I've put off for years as too big, too much, too painful etc... but now I'm entering it and it is fine. The two main characters have stopped being me and the friend I met there and become their own dear complex selves - some of the bones are from the old truth but they are fleshing out in different ways. I know what I want to tell and I am working my way cautiously forward in the story - shining my little light here and there - and I feel it becoming coherent. The structure is not going to be imposed, it will have to be more like a crystalization than a foundation. So. That is the writing front.