Wilderness — A Meditation

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I do believe I wrote an entire novel on this topic.
Thanks Timber Hawkeye

Friday, August 23, 2013

Refugees—Tomorrow or Is It Yesterday

Three of us sat comfortably beneath the old bookshop among tattered tables and chairs, a retired American and two moms from the Sudan. I skipped across the basement floor to explain what it meant to miss a beat. They laughed uproariously. They understood.  Laughter brings relief; camaraderie satisfies. We counted, subtracted, added, and took the train to various parts of the city to learn how to use metropolitan mass transit schedules. Together, we were not strangers in a strange land; we were co-conspirators in enculturation.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Darlings - Dross off to the Garbage Can

Hello, hello...

Am in the midst of doing the umpteenth edit of my larger than life manuscript which now is entitled Time Travel in the Antipodes: A Journal of Recovery or maybe just : A Journal.

Which seems more interesting to you as a reader?  You can vote, you know.  Just hit the button below and leave a comment.

Anyhow, the manuscript has been growing for over five years now and is currently about 78,000 words on some 389 pages.  The plot concerns the journey of recovery  from rather severe childhood abuse of one American woman who looks back over seventy-two years to offer hope to others who have been likewise mistreated in their early youth.

It is an adventure story, a love story, a coming of age rather late in life story, a travel tale, a metaphor of one of the universal Greek myths — the Demeter-Persephone dilemma.  One editor told me it was too much.  She suggested I narrow my perspective and just write one of these stories.  I can't do that.  They are intertwined so thoroughly that one without the others is - well, is ineffectual and boring. 

Life is complex, not simple.  Life is full of contradictions and variety.  Literature needs to reflect that amazing milieu mixed up in the formulation of one life - lived so far for seventy-two years.  I suppose I could write a story for each decade and call it a series.  How boring.  I am not in my seventh decade. I am a compilation of seventy-two years of experience.  Just not interested in sharing part of me.  It's all or nothing.  I'm sure you understand.  I think it's an INFJ thing, actually.

However, today, I scratched two pages of  darlings — the charming little tidbits that an author has come to love, to depend on, and that must be omitted from the text cause they just don't add depth or complexity to the story.  Maybe I'll find another spot to put these darlings and maybe I won't.  But, at the moment I am mourning their demise and just thought I ought to share those very strong feelings with my blog reading public.

I think I'll be ready to send the whole finished manuscript off to Kirkus Review for a 'review' soon.  And if they appreciate my work, I'll be self publishing because as I have noted previously on these pages, I have been rejected by the best and the worst — some 200+ agents and publishers.  Not deterred though, just sent back to the drawing board to refine, edit, and rewrite.  I am determined.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Canada - Five Miles North of Here

Facts and Figures

"It is quite possible that the Vikings touched on the east coast of Canada in the year 1000, but the first recorded landing is that of John Cabot in 1497, at which time he claimed the new found land for English King Henry VII. Subsequently in 1534 a French navigator, Jacques Cartier, planted a cross on GaspĂ© Peninsula and took possession for France. Thus began a French-English rivalry that continued for 250 years. "Canada is the world's second largest country with an area of 9,970,610 km² (3,851,809 sq. mi.). Russia is the largest with an area of 17,075,272 km² (6,591,055 sq. mi.). Continental United states has an area of 9,428,692 km² (3,639,475 sq. mi.), but with Hawaii, Alaska and its territories it has a combined area of 10,828,548 km² (4,179,819 sq. mi.). Brazil has an area of 8,544,822 km² (3,298,301 sq. mi.). China has a continental area of 9,634,014 km² (3,718,729 sq. mi.), but with outlying territories added it has a combined area of 13,679,699 km² (5,280,384 sq. mi.).
"The most easterly point of Canada is Cape Spear in Newfoundland 52° west longitude, and its most westerly point is Mt. St. Elias in the Yukon Territory 141° west longitude. The extreme width of Canada is 9,306 km (5,780 miles). The most northerly point of Canada is Cape Columbia on Ellesmere Island in Northwest Territory 83° north latitude; and the most southerly point in Canada is Middle Island, Ontario, in Lake Erie, which is 42° north latitude. The extreme north-south distance is 4,634 km (2873 miles). Canada's most northerly point is 725 km (450 miles) south of the North Pole.
"The Canadian-United States border is 6,422 km (3,989 miles) in length not including Alaska. Including Alaska the boundary is 8,763 km (5,443 miles) long.
"Parliament adopted what is now Canada's National Flag on October 22, 1964. Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed it so on February 15, 1965. The red and white colors of the Flag had been Canada's official colors since November 21, 1921, when King George V declared them so. The maple leaf emblem has been considered the country's emblem since the early 18th century.
"The capital of Canada is Ottawa, located in Ontario. The total population of Canada according to the official 1981 census was 24,343,181. The official 1986 census showed a population of 25,354,000. And the 1991 census 26,835,500.
"The language breakdown is appoximately 66.8% English, 15.8% French, 16.2% other languages.
"The distribution of the population is 76.6% urban and 23.4% rural.
"The highest elevation in Canada is 5,951 metres (19,850 feet) and the lowest is sea level. The area of Quebec is twice the size of the United States' State of Texas."
From the 'Canadian Farm & Home Almanac'