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Hey there!
Let’s talk about our days…
After a little over nine months, I'm happy to write that I’ve completed the first draft of my new novel. And it finally has a title—The Glove Factory. All the scenes that I know need to be in there are in there, at least in a basic way. It’s currently 222 pages, and I have 3 pages of notes with which to begin revision. Whew. I am taking a breath.
 
For me, writing a novel is a long process. Tidal Flats took six years. This one seems to be going much faster, but who knows. I get up in the morning, and I do the work. And the pages add up.
 
On the binge-watching front, I’ve exchanged my Acorn TV subscription for one to Sundance Now, where I inhaled the series The Split, which is all about marriage and stars the wonderful Nicola Walker as one of the Defoes, a family of female divorce lawyers. The first episode starts a bit slow and stupid, but stick with it. I loved it.
 
And so. We are one week away. I voted absentee, and as many states do, Georgia has a page where you can track your ballot. And woohoo, mine has been received and ACCEPTED!
 
In 1990, when Bettye Kearse was forty-seven, her mother arrived at her house with a box of photographs, land deeds, letters, wills, birth certificates. She had been the griotte of her generation; now it was Bettye’s turn. “I would be responsible for ensuring that the torch of family pride and history would not go out.” And Bettye would be the first to write it all down. Thus began a twenty-year journey.
 
The result was The Other Madisons, and I read the first 50 pages without moving. I wrote more about Bettye and her writing here.
 
Now for a sneak peek into Bettye’s day, spent at her home in New Mexico.

My To-Do List wins. I abandon the bed. After an encouraging shower and a walking “Good morning” to my husband, Lee, who is already peddling away on his stationary bicycle and reading The Wall Street Journal, I eat my usual breakfast of melted cheddar on toast, sip an extra hot cup of apple cinnamon tea, grab the list and my laptop, and then head for the flagstone-surfaced back patio to try to conquer that list.  [read more]
What are you working on or working towards? I’d love to know. Just click reply above.
 
The pandemic is testing a lot of us. It’s already been going on for so long, but the numbers are rising again. We’re tired of it, but it’s not over. We are not to the end yet.
 
Please vote and vote early if you can. Take water and a good book and a musical instrument if you play.
 
I’ve been thinking, this past week, about persistence and perseverance and stamina. So with this newsletter, I wish for you all three, plus a dash of hope.
 
Stay well.
This is an email from me to you so write me back. Let me know how you’re spending your days. And you can find past emails here.

Happy last days of October and thanks for reading.
 
Peace out,
--cynthia

 
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Issue #17 October 2020
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