Philadelphia, PAUSA 19146
August 19, 2006
Amos Oz in "Tales of Love and Darkness" says writing a novel is like building Paris with matchsticks. Actually pretty discouraging! Anne Lamott in "Bird By Bird" quotes Doctorow saying"writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as yopur headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
"Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg
Essays , poetry, a lot of memoirish stuff about my life in the late 60's and early 70's, have tried some short stories. Admire fiction writing, but don't seem to quite get it ( at least not since grade school!)
Eclectic reader of novels, short stories, essays, the New Yorker pretty much cover to cover.
I'm at a changing time of life, ready to break out and be my real self. My twin daughters are grown and I only have the responsibility of keeping my job going. I care less and less about any preconception of what I should be.
I've been a professional violinist for over 35 years (the last 21 in NYCity Opera), but I 've been writing stories, poetry and essays all my life. My husband lives here, and when I visit Philly I'd enjoy the meetups.
I said it before-I think it is a wonderful mix of people and types of writing interest.