Jim Williams coming this morning to look at lighting (that opening photo on his website is my kitchen!)-- I need a pretty ceiling light in that closet, and an outlet for a lamp, maybe. I need my bulletin board hung. I need to get rid of the wall ducks the previous owners left me. hee.
I've read about writers who are building their writing cottages on their property (and my friend Toni Buzzeo just posted a YouTube video about the construction of hers). I think they are lovely, and yet I think they are not for me. I want to be connected to the place where (as E.B. White put it) the household tides run the strongest. I want to be surrounded by stories, little altars that hold the memories, moments, and meanings that have shaped my life and my writing. If I need to get away from home with my writing, there are cafes that suit me -- Zen Tea is one. So I'll chronicle my progress in this new room and we'll see if it sticks.
heading to Mississippi this afternoon with my good friend Marianne Richardson. Marianne teaches 7th graders at the Heritage School in Newnan, and she grew up in Greenwood, where book two of the Sixties Trilogy is set.
It's time for me to return to Greenwood. I know my story now, and I know so much more about Freedom Summer. It's time to do a second research trip to fine-tune what I've discovered since my last trip to the Delta
The links above will take you to photos of my August trip to Greenwood, and to a great book about Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson. If you read the intro on that page, you'll know more about the revolution I'm writing about in book two. You'll be hearing much more about that revolution as well as my progress -- and process -- with book two.
I've got my dslr camera, my video camera, my notebooks, research and more. I've got a great good friend to accompany me. I've got friends waiting for me in Greenwood. We are off on an adventure, peeling another layer of the complex onion that is Mississippi and the deep south, the layers of Freedom Summer. Come along.