"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Monday, January 07, 2008


When I came in from nourishing our birds--adding a new suet block to the feeder, flinging cracked corn and safflower seeds and breadcrumbs onto the mountain left behind by the snowplow--I happened to ring the Chap about an unrelated matter.

"Outside smells of melting snow," I reported.

"What does that mean?"

"Rainy. Sort of. Only more."

It's 48 degrees. Now I can hear the melting, too.

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