Someone asked if I’d read the book, THE KILLER ANGELS. The answer is: YES. In fact, my good friend, actor/artist Buck Taylor, appeared in the movie, GETTYSBURG, which was based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer prize winning novel. I’m heading back to my favorite town in Pennsylvania to attend the re-enactment of the famous battle, which took place on July 1, 2, and 3, of 1863. I have costumes and there will be pictures and videos.
I’ve been writing and writing, and loving the process. Yesterday, my keyboard went haywire, and I was so frustrated (even though I’d done the damage myself, by spilling something on the keys), because I wanted to keep writing. Super Jen picked up a replacement, but it was too small. Nevertheless, I wrote my current quota of 10 pages, but this morning, I remembered my art computer down in the basement, and asked Kat to attach the keyboard to my Mac. Voila! It worked, and I wrote another 10 pages.
My eyes are pretty tired by the end of the day, so I listen to audiobooks instead of reading. I just finished a second book by Jonathan Franzen, FREEDOM, and am now listening to DISPATCHES FROM PLUTO, by Richard Grant. This is a memoir, my favorite kind of book, except for Civil War histories, and it’s a real education. Grant, a British journalist, moved from New York to the state of Mississippi, and the book is a fascinating account of his experiences there. The level of poverty in that part of the country is heartbreaking, worse in some ways than parts of West Virginia.
It’s dark now, and the dogs are outside, barking at something through the back fence. I’d better go and make sure they’re not challenging a pack of coyotes.
Send me questions, and I’ll do a Q&A blog.