In a big room

Excerpt from A Very Tall Summer… coming soon.


“Keep looking. This is all distracting you from your job. It’s a big room, and you’ve got four walls to find it. Thinking is slowing you down.”

I’ll find it. What else do I have to do? And I’m not sure Del is coming back. He’s afraid of me.”

He likes you, is all,” said Wynn. “You’re a fresh widow. He doesn’t know when he should be pressing you.”

He said he wanted to lick my neck.” Continue reading

Chainsaws and vapor

I was hoping to release A Very Tall Summer sooner than later, but it still needs work.

Spent most of the weekend editing, but some bolts still need to be tightened. I’m not a fast writer, except when I am, and it always shows. Superfluous phrasing, awkward sentence structure, plot inconsistencies. So now it’s time for the ruthless editor. Time for garden shears and possibly a chainsaw.

I’ve never written what is basically a one-N1407P51003H copycharacter novel (or novella in this case), and it has been challenge. I love the character of Charlotte, and I love how she grows,  from a meek housewife into someone formidable and self-reliant.

That’s why I do it. Not for book sales (but hey, if you please), but for myself. To challenge the restlessness of my nature, to put the vapor in a bottle. I don’t know where ideas come from, but I grab them and run like hell. Sometimes they work, and sometimes…. most times… they don’t. This one did. And so more work. I’m doing it for Charlotte, but I’m mostly doing it for me. And, of course, for anyone who wants to share in her story.

I think it’s gonna be good. 🙂