…the river house

70. The house beside the river is a house of lazy, hazy days.  You have gone there looking for something in the low grey sky and the thick flowing river, the still of the trees and the arched stone bridge.  You are there with your lover, laden with food and wine and strings of lights,Continue reading “…the river house”

…on not knowing

69. What to do when you’ve said everything but there is still everything to say?  Your mind is both depleted of words and so full you barely know where to begin.  As always the tools are waiting for use, pen and paper, keyboard and screen, but the starting point is elusive, a mere fleeting glimpse. Continue reading “…on not knowing”

…on tradition

68. Tradition is just peer pressure from the dead The dead are powerful.  The dead are invisible but their imprint is everywhere, tendrils of belief that curl and hook into sight and sound, winding their way into darkened rooms and open spaces, into minds still soft from birth.  Tradition wants you to be Mr/Mrs/Ms andContinue reading “…on tradition”

…things you have lost

64.You have lost the tattooed lemon that lived in your freezer for many years.  The lemon was illustrated by your daughter during her apprenticeship, the waxy yellow skin bearing a swallow in vivid blue and yellow and red.  It was one of the most precious things you owned, and was lost during a busy fewContinue reading “…things you have lost”

…books in formation: 6 to 10

6. Winter Journal, by Paul Auster Auster writes his journal in the second person.  He is the you of his own story, but the reader is also the you of his experience, living with him and inside his mind.  And so my own you is born, a you who is both me and not me,Continue reading “…books in formation: 6 to 10”

…books in formation: 1 to 5

1. Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande Brande taught you how to think into your stories.  She explained the strange alchemy between movement and creativity, a cocktail of circumstance that is both individual and universal, and, if the measurements are right, as potent as morning light on a sunflower.  Still now you think while washingContinue reading “…books in formation: 1 to 5”

…apophenia: an experiment

apophenia • nounthe tendency to perceive meaningful connections between unrelated things (such as objects or ideas) Experiment:  To take a selection of random words, phrases or ideas and find a meaningful connection between them (meaningful to you, that is). MethodTake 1x novel, 1x textbook and 1x catalogue and choose items at random.  Write them downContinue reading “…apophenia: an experiment”

…a bed of many things

‘Then here again are two lovers, flesh pressed to flesh … their bed heaves as with the swell of the sea, whispers and sways, as if it were itself alive and joyful because it was seeing the consummation of the rapturous mystery of love.’from Le Lit, by Guy de Maupassant 47.The bed is a placeContinue reading “…a bed of many things”

…a hole in the wall

45. The first time you lived alone was in an attic bedsit in Laura Place, Bath.  Your window overlooked the rugby field and you shared a cold bathroom with the woman across the hall.  You were nineteen years old, and for many years you’d longed for solitude and freedom, but now that it was hereContinue reading “…a hole in the wall”

…spelling isn’t everything

44. ‘you can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right; but spelling isn’t everything.  There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn’t count…’Rabbit, The House at Pooh Corner (A.A. Milne) words you can’t spellphy…psch…psychology; calander… calendar; consious… concious… conscious; contentious… contientious… conscientious A baby begins to learn languageContinue reading “…spelling isn’t everything”