Today’s Word Count (actual/goal): 1667/1000
Total Word Count So Far (after edits, all days included, blah-blah): 17,319
I took a mental break from the novel because sometimes a creative project reaches up and grabs you by the asshole and says “This isn’t working let’s see other people” and you have to decide if you’re going to give up or try to work things out in couple’s therapy or a workshop at the Carnegie Center. This happens to me all the time, a lot with paintings, not so much with poetry, definitely any other prose or art project in general. I’m a fragile fucking bird, folks, and so are my works.
The novel was saved by Amanda (as was, of course, most of my life). She gave me the best feedback I could ask for – this is good, keep going. And she laughed at some of the jokes, which at this point in my life is really all I need.
So today’s burst of words in my return to the project is dedicated to Amanda Kelley Corbin, artist extraordinaire, pretty thang, and brilliant co-founder of Milestone.
You need a trusted reader/audience, an Ideal Reader as Stephen King says. I have several, some for certain genres, others for…others. But you need at least one trusted voice, someone who can be supportive and honest. Not your mother or father, even if parental praise can be like crack cocaine, and not your children, and not total strangers either, but people who can at least understand your wavelength or goals.
Find your Ideal Reader, you stupendous peaches.