Hey there!
Let’s talk about our days…
I spent 14 heavenly days in Provincetown, and I’ve finally started what I hope will be a new novel. Over the past five years, while I was revising and revising and revising Tidal Flats, I’ve been making notes. I had 117. So I went through them and came up with 16 sentences / paragraphs that seemed like they might lead somewhere. Of those 16, I ended up with 6 possibilities that I was excited about—one in particular. Hopefully more on that next month.
Currently I’m in North Carolina—part two of the book tour. Last night I was in Asheville in conversation with the writer Heather Newton. Tomorrow night, I’ll be at Park Road Books in Charlotte. Thursday night, I’ll be going back to college, back to Davidson, where I'll be at Main Street Books. Landis Wade of Charlotte Readers Podcast will be doing a live podcast of the event, which will be available later in the year. 
I LOVED Lily King’s Writers & Lovers. What a delight. It's now available for pre-order and will be out March 3rd.  From the book, “Marriage is the polar opposite of a fairy tale, my mother said.”

The song I’m playing over and over again is “When It Don’t Come Easy” by Patty Griffin. And I’m not a fan of rap, but I’m loving Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell.” My Facebook friends helped me out with North Carolina songs for the book tour road trip. It’s an awesome playlist if you’d like to check it out—Carolina in My Mind.
The poet Carl Phillips kicked off the new year. His most recent book–whatever that may be–doesn’t live on my bookshelf or even on my desk but in my carry-on, so that I always have poetry, his poetry, wherever I am. So that I can read a line or a poem or several poems, letting them wash over me and work their magic. Soon I will have a new book to stick in my black bag–Pale Colors in a Tall Field. Which is now available for pre-order and coincidentally will also be out on March 3rd.
Here’s an excerpt from Carl’s day.
I don’t know when and how a poem will surface, I don’t begin with an idea and try to tease it out. But I have found that in the course of doing supposedly mundane tasks across a day, I am often surprised by a word or fragment coming to mind, that I’ll write down in a notebook, with the idea that it might show up in a poem sometime. Louise Glück once told me that routine was her way of “tapping into the sacred.” Something like that is what I mean, perhaps a little more humbly…  [read more]
How's the start to your year? Been to any museums or exhibits or plays or readings? I was recently in Sarasota and had to go farther than I expected to see an outdoor photography exhibit called “The Fence.” I hesitated and almost didn’t go. But it was so worth it. I left feeling so inspired.
With this newsletter, I wish you inspiration.
This is an email from me to you so you can write me back. Let me know how you’re spending your days.

Happy last days of January and thanks for reading.
Peace out,

View this email in your browser
Issue #8 January 2020
You are receiving this email either because you signed up for it or because you were following Catching Days at its previous location. If you’d prefer to unsubscribe, you can do so below. Please feel free to share the newsletter, and if you’re reading this by way of a friend, you can sign up here.
Copyright © 2020 Cynthia Newberry Martin, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp