Keeping Up

from: Gordon Flanders <>
to: Babe <>
date: Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM
subject: what in christ

I’ve been reading Thoreau again so you know what that means. I’ve been sleeping more and working at the restaurant more. I finally learned that the two must coincide. I used to try to push past the sleepiness and just write.

I also started reading Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon and I hardly understand any of it. I have to look up about twenty percent of the words. Hemingway said it was hard enough writing stories without having to explain them, and that a writer shouldn’t have to guide another writer through the more difficult terrain of their work. I better figure something out about writing.

I wrote a story for my sister. I borrowed this book called Vivid and Continuous by John McNally. I’m trying to push down my pride and do writing exercises. One of the exercises is to write a story for someone you wouldn’t normally write for, and so I wrote a childish story about a girl who wants a horse but gets a rabbit, and how the rabbit outlives the girl’s fancy, and then dies, sadly looking at my sister and wishing it was enough. It is a terribly sad and childish story. I wrote it by hand.

I want to cry now.


4 thoughts on “Keeping Up

  1. I smile a big smile whenever I write something, and then I read one of my peers and I wanna tear it up, flounce off, and cry in a dark corner somewhere. (But it can be hard to tear up a computer screen.) 😛

    As for writers, I wish I could stay awake long enough to even not be able to understand any of ’em. I’m like my gran these days. Is there a book somewhere in the room? Oh, let’s read i… BOOM! Snoozeville. Gah. 😦

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