Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters, a moving book about a group of women who meet in the park in the 1960s who become writers together, posted a great link to a story on the Powell’s blog about a guy, Seldon Edwards, who worked for thirty years on his novel, The Little Book, which was finally published and became a best-seller. The lessons: Don’t give up! And: Hire an editor!
Meg’s blog is called 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started, and she hosts various guest writers who tell all sorts of interesting tales about their first tales.
As someone who spends half my time in the park (today I was there, sitting cross-legged by the merry-go-round, hunched over my computer), I love that this is the setting for Meg’s book. She weaves in key historic moments and movements along with the personal journeys of the women.
Meg also did something I’ve been waiting to see for a while: she made a video preview for her novel. Check it out; it’s great.
Just while I was loading the dishwasher earlier this evening and the boys were upstairs in the bath (under Angie’s supervision), I heard that the bailout went belly-up and the DOW plunged. “We don’t know yet if this is another Black Monday,” the guy on Marketplace said as I rinsed off the last dishes and stacked them in the rack. Then it was time to wrap up the babies and towel them off and go to bed. After I got up again, I received some tragically sad news, and I’ve been sitting here adjusting myself to the fact that it gets darker earlier now than it did yesterday.
But working for thirty years on a book lends some sense of perspective, doesn’t it? It reminds me of what I finally learned from various elders about how to have a life-long relationship:
I feel like I’ve said this before in the blog somewhere. It’s a choppy night, Friends. I hope you are warm where you want to be, cool where you need to be, and held in the comfort of friends.
Angie is behind me working away on my Online Learning Center. Shortly, my Nano Complete Course Series (which begins October 6) will be open for enrollment. This is the course I wish I had taken before I ran my first NaNoWriMo marathon. This will be the community that will get you from bald hope to a book in just a few months. Or you can do it over thirty years. Hey, whatever works!