I am so sorry I’ve been away for so long but as my title suggests, I’ve been busy. If you have ever been on a deadline to get something written, whether it be your tax forms on April 14th or writing a thesis for your masters program, etc., you’ll know what I mean. It requires a lot of research time and composition time and re-writing time and checking it over time. I just found out today from watching an old re-run of Murder She Wrote that the final stage of writing is the “galley” phase. The galley copies are just before publishing for the purpose of checking for typos and other mistakes. That’s the phase I’m in now.
I love to write because it gives me a way to think about life from lots of different perspectives. For example, one of the books I’m working on presently requires me to think what life would be like at the end of the 19th century. Ponder on that for a minute. Our country was a little over a hundred years old, we had fought 9 wars one of which was a civil war, our largest city was only a million and a half, and we were just learning how to capitalize on the industrial revolution. As a society, we were largely agrarian. Most shopping was done in the front yard at a peddler’s wagon, and every meal was cooked at home. There was no radio, no television, no movies to speak of and the annual main attraction was the revival preacher at the Baptist church.
My growing-up years in the 1950s perpetuated vestiges of those times. My mom cooked everything I ate and my dad complained about paying two cents for an extra milk for school lunch. Our activities consisted of working in the fields, going to church at least three times a week and occasionally visiting neighbors and friends. The special times were birthday celebrations, the 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. At this point, some of you are asking, “Where is this all going?”
Nowhere. Just wanted to welcome you back to Floyds. By the way, I’ll let you know when my book comes out! I think it’ll be a New York Times Bestseller.
Bye for now!