Saturday, April 08, 2006

Winston Churchill Speaks

"Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public."

Winston Churchill

Not as productive as I'd like to be....under the influence of Sinus/Allergy Tylenol and anti-biotics. On my reading list right now when inspiration eludes me at the monitor: The Madonnas of Lenningrad and The Geographer's Library. Reading the Madonnas if upstairs and The Geographer if downstairs. My son pointed out that this is rather lazy but I say it's rather efficient.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Signs, Mileposts, Arroyos

Just back from a road trip that took us across a swath of the vast uniterrupted Painted Desert. First, the excitement is the next snack stop--my crew are hard core Snack-A-Holics who believe every town is an opportunity for a new junk food discovery. They eat like Amazons and remain pencil thin. I eyed the Onion Rings but contented myself with a latte with skim milk and no-fat whipped cream.

East of Flagstaff, the towns become sparse until finally, the excitement is seeing a sign announcing a town. Then, seeing a sign announcing a wash like "San Diablo Arroyo." More time passes and the signs dispense with names and say things like, "Exit 108-3 Miles." Exit 108 comes into view and appears to lead nowhere. It's like being in the geographical center of nowhere. Except it is wide open and beautiful if you like the desert--and I do.

Back in the high desert. Spring Break over, tax deadline 12 days away, and 5000 words to write this week.