Sunday, October 23, 2011

The summer of 12 going on 13

Excerpt from Boy in a Band:

There is a lot of life in the creek, fish and various types of frogs.  I love the frogs, even the big old bullfrogs which most of the other girls won't touch because they think they'll get warts.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Morgan

When she's young her feelings for Mathew are bigger than even she knows how to handle.  Some times the reader may think, really who would do that?  I believe everyone, men and women, have had a Mathew in their life at some point.  Someone that they felt so strongly for that they did crazy things.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

1973 Rio Del Mar Beach

Excerpt from Boy in a Band--Rio Del Mar Calif (Morgan 13)

While we sat on the surf wall and ate no one said much. The people watching, along this portion of the beach, was pretty  amusing.  A lot of transient and real earthy, beachy people hung here.  Most were hippies. The smell of patchouli oil and marijuana would come in whiffs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pictures in the clouds

EXCERPT from Boy in a Band--Morgan and Gayle 13 years old:

We were drawing pictures in the clouds.  We lay flat on our backs and looked into the sky.
          “It looks like a tree.   See the branches there, and the trunk?”  I said, pointing to the big puffy cloud above us.
          “I see a clown with sad eyes?”
          “Not in the tree?”
          “No there.  See the face and bozo like hair.  The sad eyes are there.”
          I watched as my tree turned into a clown when you looked at it a different way.  We could spend hours trying to get each other to see what we saw in the clouds.  The sun was low in the sky and the grass was starting to make my legs itch.

Anyone remember those days?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Don't quit

So many forces tell me to keep going.  There is not an option--no quiting.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Same

We spent a night at our cabin with my adult (19, 18) son and daughter and several of my son's friends.  It's funny how things change but don't.  The generations change but the interaction between boys and girls don't.  As I continue to edit Boy in a Band I am reminded of how love makes us do crazy things.

From Boy in a Band:


         “You’re complex Morgan, always have been.  I’ve been around you too long though.  Some things you do, I get.  Me, I’m simple.  I’m just a boy in a band.  Give me the basics of life and my music, I’m good,” he said.
          I was surprised at what he was saying.  I waited for him to continue because I knew he was serious.
          “You moving away took away any possibilities for “us”.  Would it have happened if you hadn’t, I don’t think either of us can say, I think we were on the path for awhile.”
          He leaned forward putting his elbows on his knees.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Editing

Still editing.  An exchange between Morgan and Mathew.  They are sixteen.

          “Morgan, I need you,” he said in the dark.
          He missed me?   He needed me?  Had Mathew ever needed anyone?   Did he miss my friendship, or our crazy physical relationship?  Mathew hadn’t used these kinds of words with me.  I wasn’t clear on their meaning.
          “I’m with Ben and-”
          “Do you love him?” he asked, cutting me off.
          I thought about his question; love, another word so foreign to our vocabulary.  Did I love Ben?  Did I?  I’d never said it to him. Why would it matter if I did or didn’t?  While all these questions raced through my mind Mathew moved closer pulling our hands to his chest.  Oh Mathew, what is it about you?  How can you suck me in so completely?  Make me want do things I know are wrong?  He brought my hands to his face and kissed them.  I pulled my hands away.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No writing

Today was a day taken up with too many things, no editing or writing.

Steve Jobs

What an amazing person.  The best part is he lived his life like he wanted to, doing what he loved to do.  Those fortunate enough to also make a living at it are the exception not the rule.  I'm still sitting down every day and spending some time doing what I love.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still working

It is not a fast process to re edit and format.  Hopefully this is the last time.  Mathew and Morgan are getting older and the heat is turning up.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mathew

In editing etc. I get to read the book again.  Funny I've read it so many times and it still makes me laugh.  Boy in a Band I wrote for adults however young adults enjoy it just as much and can relate.  I can't believe how many of the kids at Park City High have read it and liked it.  Today I hit the part where Mathew moves to Morgan's school---oh how I remember the heartache.

Working

Writing is always a work in progress.  Like Andy Rooney said on his sign off "writer's write".  Yesterday I spent all day working on Boy in a Band.  I still love my first work but it did need help in editing and formatting.  Hope to get it done this week.