Book News is a new series that is for sharing, for sounding board, for feedback, and for my own accountability. I’ve mentioned several times in the past about the two books that I’ve been “in the middle of” for what seems like forever. I feel like my Wales book is a reward for when my House book is finished. The problem with that is that writing the House book is extraordinarily emotional and I have a hard time getting through it for several reasons that I need to address within the pages of the book.
I don’t know if it will be a monthly or a biweekly feature (I’m leaning towards biweekly) , but it will be on my calendar, and so I will need to set goals based on my outlines, and begin the research for some of their aspects.
Book News will let me keep a log of those things that aren’t necessarily post-worthy or essay/articles, but that still need to be accomplished in order to publish.
I think this will work for me, and I appreciate your support as I make changes and grow as a writer.
When we bought our house, our kids were ages 7 months, 22 months, and 9 years old. My mother died twenty months before, which was 18 months after my father died. We had been living in a two bedroom upstairs apartment with a horrid neighbor. To say it was stressful would be an understatement. And then of course, there were all of the “professionals” we used from the realtor to whoever else is involved, not to mention the archaic New York laws that govern buying a house, and of course, the lovely previous owners who walked away with a profit while we’re still paying the price of their …what’s the opposite of upkeep?
I visited Wales in 1987 on someone else’s itinerary, and it was all I talked about when I got home. It was a palpable feeling. Actually, it was such a profound influence on me that it remained with me while I went back east to Scotland and London, and then home for the next two decades. The opportunity to return came in 2009 and it was a gift, figuratively and literally. I spent one week in North Wales, alone, finding the countryside and myself. I still feel things that I felt there and it is always with me, my spirit’s home.