Writing another book

 

Sporadic blog posts on my website could mean many things. Exotic travels, daring adventures or even plain boredom. In this case, the simplest of statements - I am writing a new book. I will reveal more over the coming months, but suffice to say, it involves two loves. Dickens and activism.

60,000 words into the project, with the end still not in sight, I am reminded of a few words from John Steinbeck in The Exonian.

 

A man who writes a story is forced to put into it the best of his knowledge and the best of his feeling. The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty. A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator...
A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn't telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing...
Of course a writer rearranges life, shortens time intervals, sharpens events, and devises beginnings, middles and ends. We do have curtains—in a day, morning, noon and night, in a man, birth, growth and death. These are curtain rise and curtain fall, but the story goes on and nothing finishes.
To finish is sadness to a writer—a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done. But it isn't really done. The story goes on and leaves the writer behind, for no story is ever done.