After several years of languishing in despair and denial, I am back to the process of finishing this work. I have updated my WordPress and edited a few of the entries in A War Journal, and will continue to work through, editing the old pieces and adding new ones ’til this is done. If there is in fact, even an end to the story….
I’ve added a short story, Serena and Katherine. I developed the story from a short piece I wrote during the summer intensive with Southern Writing Project several years back. It’s entirely fictional and I have no idea where it came from or what it’s about. It’s just a story. It was fun to write and I think it’s fun to read. Hope you’ll try and like it! (Would love some feedback on this….)
I’m thinking of posting some other writing here… a couple of short stories, maybe some more serious stuff – essays, probably on Buddhist topics. I’m also working on adding some pages to the book project – probably rewrites of the next Chapter of the Trip sequence. Am hoping to get some exchange going with my dear friend L., who’s also working on a book…
The two documents I scanned in come up very large in the blog version. Can’t figure out how to control that, yet. You can scroll around and see the whole thing, but you can also click on it and it will go to the original document – opens it in the same window – and you can see the whole thing. Then you have to hit your browser’s back arrow to get back to the blog. I included these documents… Continue Reading ››
Fall has been slow in the writing department. There have been lots of other things going on, but not much progress on the book. I have written two articles for the Golden Islander, and may do more of that, but my focus has been on Giana, the kids, the pottery, the Vipassana center… generally on ploughing through this deep, mucky section of life’s field that has come with the Fall season. Have been considering depositing some of my other writing… Continue Reading ››
Working hard this week, got several new drafts posted. These are mostly things I had in very rough form already and have been cleaning up, organizing, revising and trying to decide how they all fit together. All center around the arrival home and going to England AFB, beginning the process of refusal. Having some problem figuring out how to insert a scan – it’s there, but won’t scale down to right size… maybe I can get one of my genius… Continue Reading ››
I’ve posted a new chapter, Welcome Home, in draft form. This is just the journal entries for the chapter, and may actually get broken up into several chapters as I insert narrative and genre pieces into the various slots in the journal. I know I will add the story “Kill People Mostly” at some point in the chapter, perhaps as a separate chapter. There’s also a piece on a conversation with my mother that I still need to write that… Continue Reading ››
I just revised the NKP page… significantly changed and added to the chapter, with lots more specifics. Still may need some revision and editing, though.
I posted two new sections today, “Rocket Alley,” about being at Da Nang Air Base, and “NKP,” about being at Nakon Phanom Air Base and momentous events there that extended my tour. The Da Nang piece I’ve been working on for a while and feel okay about it, though it may need additions and revisions. The NKP piece is definitely still draft form. Have barely read it. It seems flat to me and needs lots of work, maybe total revision.… Continue Reading ››
I’ve posted (as a page) my favorite story of this cycle… The Wall, 1973. It’s been written for a while, based on journal entries, but keep tweaking it. Finally decided to just post it. It may get further edits. I deviated a bit from the standard format – introduced the story with a bit of journal. But I think by now, the reader will flow with that, no problems. Hope to get some feedback on these format issues from people… Continue Reading ››