When I wrote to you five weeks ago, on the last Tuesday of February, life was normal. Now, Cal and I are on Day 17 of isolation in Columbus, GA. The first week was hard. Or not so much hard as sad. So many people having to cancel semesters and seasons and graduations and weddings. So many people doing their best to make exciting moments as exciting as possible online. For me personally, not going to Provincetown was unthinkable. I had a few low moments as I readjusted my vision of the next few weeks and months. Now, with so many sick and out of work, I’m just plain grateful to be where I am. And I see I can do this.
In the mornings, if I can make it to my desk without reading the news, I can work on the new novel. The parts that I’ve written in first person seem the most alive so that’s different and fun. After spending seven years with Cass and Ethan, I couldn’t imagine where new characters would come from. But yay, they come from writing! Starting this novel is much different than when I started Tidal Flats
. This time, it’s like I’ve thrown all these balls up in the air, and I’m writing to keep them all moving.
I just read a novel I LOVED—Someone at a Distance
[title a strange coincidence] by Dorothy Whipple, an author I had never heard of before @booksnourish_caroleann recommended this book on Instagram. It was published in 1953 and has the most beautiful cover of a woman. It’s written in the omniscient point of view—which was a perfect decision by the author.
Looking for something to watch? Cal and I are re-watching The Newsroom
, which I also LOVE. It’s available with Amazon Prime. Aaron Sorkin, who does the teleplay, is one of my writing heroes—he is a dialogue master.
And yay, a new song! Vienna Teng’s “City Hall
” from her third album, Dreaming Through the Noise
, released in 2006. Vienna (real name Cynthia) is a pianist and a singer-songwriter based in Detroit.