Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Blank Page

Today I am getting back into the routine I think. As I woke up I saw the book I am reading, Faithful by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan. It is all about the Red Sox and baseball games of their winning season starting at spring training games in Florida, which they both travel to see. It is a blow by blow description of games and emails that passed between the two of them as they watched games live and on TV. It is funny, concise, and very informative if you love baseball and especially great if you love the Red Sox.

I can hardly believe how productive Stephen King is. How many books has he written? I am reading Hearts in Atlantis now and was talking to Mike about The Dark Tower series. Incredible. When I know more about it, I'll write about it here, but it seems to be a web of dozens of books that relate to one another. I think I am going to read it--or buy the books on tape version for my car. It would take me a year to hear half of them, but...I've got time.

My goal today is to be a little productive myself and get some things done at work that I have been putting off. Funny how a trip of just over a week can set us off our routine. I would be intimidated if I was a writer and worked at home in front of a blank page each morning. It takes incredible courage, talent and persistence to have that kind of faith that you can write something meaningful every single day. I read On Writing by Stephen King where he discussed the craft of writing and how to use words and sentences. It does not just flow out like water, it is a carefully honed craft, sowing words just right to reap the right effect.

After that terrible accident when a man ran him down in a truck on a country road in Maine, we are very lucky that Stephen King survived to write more books and give us all so much pleasure in reading. He talks about this accident, as well as the craft of writing, in On Writing, and it is a great read.

I have something rather wonderful to report. My friend Dave, who has lung cancer, saw the cancer specialist while I was in Oklahoma, and his cancer has dissappeared on the x-rays. He is in remission. He is thrilled and happy. He said, "how can this be?" It was just before Christmas that they found the huge tumor on his lung and he could hardly breathe. It is gone now, but he still has to see a radiologist this week, and whatever comes, I will try to help him. He no longer needs the little oxygen tank on which he had become so dependent. Today we are going out for Korean food at lunchtime to celebrate with a little Bi Bim Bap.

Have a great day friends.