3/20/2014 Update

March 20th, 2014

I’ve been in a bit of a blue funk of late. Winter simply will not relent. Here it is, the first day of spring, and every night this week has been below zero. Normally this time of year, I’ve planted the seeds for my summer garden in starter flats. This year, I don’t dare do that until I have some sense that planting time is no more than six weeks away. I don’t have that sense this year. Spring remains a wild rumor, perpetrated by someone suffering from advanced cabin fever.

Chapter 14 has sat patiently waiting for me to come out of my funk. It’s lingered, 90% complete, but I was missing something crucial, and as so often happens I was groping around in the dark, searching for the wall socket with the lamp plug. Then, I found it. Tonight, the plug and the socket met, and the light went on – the Muses took pity on me, and at last offered a gift. 

I don’t argue when that happens. I just sit down and say, “Thank you,” no matter how outrageous it might seem on first glance. It’s a gift, and if I’m patient, when I get it unwrapped, it’ll make sense – to me, anyway. Such was the case tonight.

I never know where these gifts will come from. Luckily, when I stumble on them, it seems I know I’m holding the key I’d been missing. So it was tonight. One seemingly small scene was the sticking point. Calliope and Erato had been dancing around, laughing at me because I was stumbling in the dark. “OK,” they said, “Here it is. Not where you expected, is it?” 

No, it’s not, but that doesn’t matter. The door opened, and it flowed out with surprising ease.

The rough of Chapter 14 is complete but for some preliminary tidying. Once that’s done, I’ll ship it off to the editor, and the serious cleaning will begin.

A warning. Chapter 14 is of necessity fairly abstract. A lot happens internally, but that’s as it has to be. It’s the only way for things before, and things yet to come, can be welded together. Laci is a remarkable girl, and her gifts are becoming manifest. I am totally in love with the girl, and I have to treat her with tenderness and understanding, elsewise the Muses will put her away. I’m sure all of you will understand when you read chapter 14.

I’ve said over and over, there are two pieces of music that are extremely significant. Tonight, I came to realize another, much humbler bit has significance. I’ve decided to add two links for you to visit if the spirit moves you. One may seem odd and out of place, the other will, once you read the whole, make perfect sense. All I can ask is that you trust me that everything matters on one level or another. I simply want all of you to join me on a very fascinating ride, a marvelous journey.

The links are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b1aH0C6HzM

and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fQG4CcoRuM

Enjoy and be patient for a few more days.