Redheaded Ramblings: Sheila A-stray  

"This race and this country and this life produced me, he said. I shall express myself as I am." -- James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man



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THE REDHEAD IS IN THE BUILDING

To those of you who have written to me saying, "Where the hell are you??" I apologize. I am here, I am well. There are developments in the writing part of my life ... I am not ready to speak of it yet, fearing a jinx. But basically: I have started to get down to some real work. A bit daunting, a bit intimidating, but necessary. Exciting. I have missed checking in here on a daily basis. I will divulge more details, once they become concrete-r.

Plots, words, ideas, fragments ... all of these things crowd in my brain, insisting to my conscious-ness:"I'm the one! I'm the one! Write about me! Write about me!" It's a very competitive atmosphere. That's actually an interesting concept, in and of itself. A writer, tormented by her own plot ideas, fragments of stories and full-blown novel ideas fighting it out like gladiators inside her own brain. May the strongest survive.

Regardless: you will be hearing more from me, from now on. One of the best things about having a blog, is that it forces me to write every day. And not just in my journal, which is a private experience (with the exception of Diary Fridays). Every day, I come to Blogspot, and I write for an audience. This is fantastic practice.

Anyway: I am off to Rhode Island for a long weekend home. I have not been out of the city of Manhattan since Christmas. That is ridiculous. I need to see the ocean, I need to have a beer at the Ocean Mist and play pool, see the high school friends, drive around with my sister, hang out with my parents, lose my mind at TJ Maxx. That is the plan.

To all of you out there: have a lovely and safe Memorial Day weekend.

I will catch you on the flipside.

  contact Sheila Link: 5/23/2003 09:54:00 AM


Friday, May 23, 2003  

 
Last couple of days have been chock-full. I am so tired I go to bed at 10 p.m. Regular blogging will begin later on today. Still clearing out some cobwebs.

  contact Sheila Link: 5/20/2003 11:34:00 AM


Tuesday, May 20, 2003  
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