May 17, 2010
As I’m still having trouble sorting out the memoir, I decided to take a look at Vista View, a novel not intended to be a sequel to Virtuous Women but certainly could. I’ve revised the first three chapters and it’s not as easy as i thought but I’m really enjoying doing it. Today i was helped along by a phone call from one of the Virtuous Women I had lost touch with. She had read the book and said she had such a good time reliving the past, things like that make the hard work of writing so worthwhile.
May 8, 2010
ON THE SEARCH FOR MISSING CHAPTERS.It came to me that if I start with my husband’s near fatal heart attack as chapter one then chapter two would be how we met. I can find it in hard copy but nowhere on the computer so I guess I will re-write it which could be ‘a good thing’. Also I came across the Writer’s Digest competition and remembered a short story I wrote about a trip to Alaska but it is too long by two pages otherwise i could send it in hard copy, To shorten it requires finding it on my computer files and I did times three — all of them in some sort of hieroglyphics! Does that mean I have to write it over too? I guess so.
May 3, 2010
I was reading a little story about a woman who received news from her minister that her husband had died. Her response was to invite him in and to offer him a cup of tea. The minister was rather surprised by her response and said so. She being a child of the blitz (this is me, I thought) said that her mother told her when something awful happened she must think of what she would be doing if that had not happened and do that. It was a vivid recall of how we as wartime children were raised — to carry on no matter what. I spent part of this weekend going over chapters that dealt with my wartime childhood and where to put them. As so much was brought up at our group at the cancer center I hope I can bring it in thorough the relaxation, meditation,visualization and art therapy group I attended for five years. Then again, sometimes I think that part of my life should be a separate book, maybe a young adult.