My Third Novel's Conclusion, My Heartbreak

My heart begins to break when I think about completing this particular book -- because this narrative has sustained me like no other story I've known. It's both more personal and more universal than my other works. But beyond memory and archetype, it's a cri-de-coeur about needing to become the person one is destined to be. And in the writing, I have met my own life's work, my own fated journey -- having the sense all the while that the pages are suffused with a resonance, an energy, an electrified field that defies explanation. Writers hope and pray to be overtaken by a work in this way -- to be conscripted into passionate service of a profound story. To experience it even once in a lifetime seems a great privilege. I still have perhaps six months before this novel is complete, and this constitutes my reprieve. Because I'm not ready for the beauty to end.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gone Skiing

I'm escaping my four walls to go skiing with friends for a few days, as they tell me Tahoe's Mt. Rose has some passable snow.  Yes, I do realize I ought not to be fleeing the scene until my novel is complete -- but remember what Hemingway said:  "I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."  The breaks renew me, and it's lovely to return to the work with the writer's well brimming.

If you see me on the mountain, please don't report me to the National Association for Writers in the Wild.  Art and life must make their truce somehow.  And this weekend, life wins.

10 comments:

  1. Stop having so much fun! I'm waiting for your book!

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    1. My apologies, Anon! Please forgive the delay!

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  2. I won't report you only on the condition that you agree to ski with me sometime.

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    1. Jeremy, you're driving a hard bargain here!

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  3. I'll be skiing in Tahoe this weekend too! I'll look for you if you tell me the color of your ski jacket.

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    1. It's likely to be quite warm this weekend -- so I'm planning to forego the jacket altogether. :)

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  4. Maybe you could give us a little more notice next time so we could head for the right mountain.

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  5. Lane, take me with you. I'm very well-read so we'll have something to talk about on the chairlift!

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