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Reading and Writing ….

June 10, 2013

I just finished reaching For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway — Great book. I really liked the way it ended: he could feel the beating of his heart against the pine needle floor. It’s one of those books you read and don’t forget. There are a few I wish I could forget! I’ve just begun Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I was happy to find it had a foreword written by Pat Conroy, probably my favorite author and an artist I look up to. It made me even more excited to read the book after perusing Conroy’s foreword. So I sunk my teeth into it this morning.

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On another note, I got a story rejected — again. It’s a good story though, so I sent it out to another magazine. I have a few more options in place, if it is declined again. My grandma and grandpa sent me something cool — a copy of rejection letters to authors such as Ernest Hemingway. Some of those letters were ICY! And some of those ideas that were declined went on to be best sellers. So, I’m still a slave to the grind. I’m compiling a chapbook of poetry for the Slip Stream contest, due Dec. 31. I’m halfway done with it, and I’m still working on my novel, Scapegoat. Sent another portion to be reviewed and critiqued by Grandma. Writing a book is a hell of a process. This is my fourth or fifth draft and I believe there will be at least one more. We’ll see what happens.

Prison life continues as usual. We were on lockdown for a couple of weeks, but it’s over now, so I get to exercise in the yard and the TV my grandparents sent has been given to me. I have a new cellmate who I like much better than the last one. Getting along with my celly is always a plus.

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