Good Day (At the Keyboard)

Long Beach, CA

Chilly day (by Southern California standards): it maybe made it up to sixty in sun by afternoon. A good day to hang around inside. A good day too it turned out for writing. I’ve been picking away at a new novel for several weeks now, but today was the first day I truly enjoyed it, where it truly began writing itself. Days like this remind me of why I go thru so much to do what I do. When a story starts taking off on its own is when I begin to learn things, (about myself, if nothing else). One of the things I learned today was that I really like the novel’s two main characters: they’re honest, unusual, vibrant, fun–they’re going to take me (and my readers, hopefully) to some interesting places. I’ve also realized during today’s session that my instincts regarding literary geography are dead on. Until this one all my novels have taken place mostly in in the L.A. Basin. This story, though, is going to expand into other parts of California and far beyond. So far my characters have only made it down to North County San Diego, but it’s already feeling invigoratingly fresh–I never realized before how burnt out I am on my home region …

I just wish I had more time to write. Monday I start back teaching (a hellish four-week winter session that always eats me alive). Somehow I have to make the time–this book’s feeling too good, too right to put on the back burner …