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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Music 6

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  In celebration of the main event this week, I'm listening to the following tracks:

Dreamer by LaPeer (a Valentine for dreamers and creative spirits everywhere)

I Can Only by JoJo, Alessia Cara

Fix You by Coldplay

Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Magic (Live at the Enmore Theatre) by Coldplay

Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell On You) by Aqualung

Never Knock by Kevin Garrett

Yellow Lights by Harry Hudson

Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung

Yours by Ella Henderson

Fire and Rain by Birdy (in honor of impossible reunions. . . See my Dancing With the Universe post.)

Retro pick:  Something -- Remastered -- The Beatles


  1. I like Birdy's Fire and Rain rendition. Any other impossible reunions in store for you?

    1. I honestly don't know. These things are not within my control. I can just say that it's a beautiful gift to reconcile with someone you care about. When it happens, there's a sense of disbelief, wonder, absolute joy. It's one of the best feelings on the planet.

  2. I like this live version of Magic much more than the studio recording.

    1. I agree completely. The studio version feels quite flat next to the live one. I would love to have attended that concert!

  3. Adding Never Knock and Yellow Lights. Thanks!

  4. Strange and Beautiful has been my favorite love song for a long time.

    1. I can understand why. It has such a dreamlike quality -- almost hypnotic.