A different book cover idea for GANI & SEAN…
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
— Sylvia Plath
Ah, the wiggly way has stopped meandering. GANI & SEAN takes a straighter path and quite unexpectedly at 52,952 words.
Ever take a path in the woods that turns out to wiggle its way around until you feel like you aren’t going anywhere but lo and behold you get somewhere anyway? Yes? Oh good.
A magnificent “train poem.” Enjoy.
Today I wrote my first train poem since senior year of college. Since I am woefully out of practice, this is the first of my train poems to have a literal train in it, for expressive assistance.
Since train poems don’t usually involve actual trains, then what are they about, and why do I categorize them as such? Train poems are about people. (Very occasionally they are about experiences – for example, I have one train poem about softball.) Trains are incredibly powerful, complex, inspirational and awe-inspiring marvels of engineering, and so are the human subjects of my train poems. When you are about to be hit by a train, there is little else you can do with the last few milliseconds of your life than appreciate the train’s majesty. I compare the impact of certain people on my consciousness to the impact of a train on a body, an…
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Last night I crossed the finish line, bloodied but not beaten. Presently, my word count is the least of my problems. My plot line is fighting back; time to re-group and take some time to read what I’ve written. I need to reflect on these people I’ve created – do any of them make any sense at all?
Most likely before I go to sleep tonight, I will have crossed the ‘finish line’ in Camp NaNoWriMo. My finish line is set at 50K in 30 days. As of right now, I’ve written 49,719 words toward GANI & SEAN, my novel.
The novel is not done, however. I have several challenging problems to solve before the closing sentence is written.
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow
GANI & SEAN is approaching its conclusion, I believe. My characters have gathered together to attempt a seemingly impossible task. When they figure it out — i.e. how to accomplish it — the book will naturally conclude. Let’s hope the impossible task can be figured out!