(Written May 31st, 2018)
The winds gust against the windows before sunrise in a fashion that makes the ceiling pop. Just after daybreak the winds still, just long enough for clouds to form; the kind of clouds that might appear as fog were they just a tad lower. Before the birds have a chance to welcome the day, the wind gusts return with an intensity that mutes their songs. But like much of life, they sing still.
It is the last day of May here, and already the afternoons feel more like July near the coast than almost June in North Texas. The time of the year can feel as though it is supposed to conform to some norm, but all one has to do is take a look at the unimproved land in the region to know there is little that is normal where forests give way to plains.
I continue to think about Tree Hollow, especially on the nights I see the possum picking through the remains of birdseed left by the birds and squirrels at the bird feeders during the day. A story has formed, but the details are still vexing me.
Sorting through the 1000 some odd notes I have for the sequel to Misunderstood continues (a novel that should have been completed this year) at a far slower pace than writing them. I’ve taken a different approach to this novel by writing conversations here and there by the characters. It began as a way of sort of training the characters’ personalities, sort of like getting to know them, and has blossomed into a telling of the story, but in pieces. Putting together the puzzle is not as difficult as I thought; it’s going to be filling in all the gaps that bring the conversations together that may prove difficult — but maybe not. Regardless, it’s time to get down to the business of assembly.
Life’s setbacks can appear in unexpected ways from time to time; some setbacks being more extended than others. The key is to keep pressing forward — no matter what. The struggle for one person to simply continue to get out of bed each day, no matter the difficulty, may be all the inspiration another needs to change world views for the better.