Saturday, February 11, 2012

Further on (up the road)

I am at the half way mark of my ebook and having a ball. I guess, to put it more appropriately, “I’m Having a Party.” Emptying all the Springsteen experiences out of the brain has been rewarding, cathartic, fun, and nostalgic. About halfway through, I was worried that I would run out of material. After all, I was writing in vignettes, off the top of my head. As I started to fact check and look other stories up, I realized there was yet more material lodged up there among the cranial cobwebs. Digging out those stories was like reaching way back into the corners with a long broom. I was amazed what came out on the other end of that broom.

In 43 writing hours, I am at 48,000 words. Those are writing hours, actual butt-in-chair, clicking the keyboard hours. That does not include any editing, research, outlines, or read-the-clippings time.

I've been going back in this time machine thanks to my magic box of “stuff,” the Bruce clippings that I saved for about 40 years. I noticed that I had a tendency to save entire sections of the paper when I only needed the article lead story (generally on page 1) and the jump inside the paper. So I’ve cut them out, neatly arranged them on a sheet of paper and scanned them. THEN, I can toss the stuff out.
I have found that when I want to get rid of something but can’t really pull the trigger I scan it. My brain then says it’s okay to toss the item out because I have it electronically. Eventually, I can always delete the item. That works for me. It helps me let go.

Back to the eBook and I’ll meet you” further on (up the road).”

(For more information about my writing and my novel, "The Fastnacht League," about the Amish and baseball, please view my website at On Facebook search "The Fastnacht League" for the book page. Read more on the "digital blog" tab on the website; follow me at @gmiller526 on Twitter.)

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