The Novel and Mundane Things


“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. … One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great calming effect on panic among people around him. This is what our society needs, not new ideas and inventions; important as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within themselves.”  ~ Rollo May

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Another morning of deep cold is at hand. Didn’t quite reach zero. Yesterday was a challenging and exhausting day, partly because I don’t feel well, but also because of car troubles. It seems that the car is all reconciled, but I still feel like crap. C’est la vie. Admittedly, my visualized preference is warm clothes, two pillows, chicken soup, a hot toddy, and a big green fatty. A coupla episodes of The Librarians, a couple of Star Trek: Next Gen. No wait! Star Trek Voyager is also an option. Or I could dig up, on Hulu, Bewitched, Dobie Gillis; oldies but goodies. But, alas, such options as that won’t happen unless my body pulls dog-training words and techniques on me: “Stay. Sit. Down boy. Doooown. Good boy. He’s a good boy”. There is that to consider. I’m not the only one at work to weather such a viral siege. It wouldn’t be so bad if my skin didn’t hurt. I mean, what’s up with that? Ack, I’m out of hot coffee. And it really is close to time to take a cleansing rinse in the shower. I won’t wash my hair today, at least until after work. Hey, why am I writing of such mundane things this morning? It’s about the novel. The characters, two of them anyway, are getting pissed to the point where they might grab me and yank me on in to the book. Write, dude! You leave a character in a single scene and they tend to get testy after a while. You may think I am kidding, but I am not. They develop actual personalities and needs. A write must listen to them or not much of quality is going to happen. That said. I’m a heading to the show. Did I tell you my skin hurts? Yeh, the hot water will help.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.


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