Beginning at the Beginning

Beginning at the Beginning

It starts with birds. I wasn’t sure how to begin at first.  I sat at the oilcloth-covered table in the cabin, gazing out over the porch, thinking back to Kyoto.  I had already decided to set my novel in Kyoto.  In order to write about Kyoto, I had to...
Ode to a De-Cluttered Mind

Ode to a De-Cluttered Mind

October 2, 2012:  Second day of my writer’s retreat.   Somedays, even on a writer’s retreat, we cannot write.  We have to de-clutter. And for me, returning to this cabin, as noted in my earlier post, carries with it considerable emotional freight.   “De-clutter” and...
Writing on the Lam

Writing on the Lam

October 2, 2012 On leave from academic duties, I have traveled to the mountains of Eastern Tennessee to spend a month in the rustic log cabin my father built by hand in the 1970s.  Here, in my “writer’s retreat” I have time to myself.  I’m supposed to be...
Cabin Dreams

Cabin Dreams

October 4, 2012:  The fourth day of my “writer retreat.”   I am staying in the log cabin my father built in the 1970s.  My brother and I were in junior high when the building began.  He’d bring us up with him on weekends to help him dream it.  One...