Joan Didion

I was recently reading Joan Didion’s book “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”. The essay entitled “On Self Respect” hit several notes with me, especially her reference to “gifts irrevocably wasted through sloth or cowardice or carelessness”.

This is a self-accusation I have often made for it seems that however much I have painted and written, I had not given myself over to it in a way that the work calls for.

The Importance of Notebooks

Books on the craft of writing often suggest that aspiring writers carry a notebook so that they can jot down the ideas, thoughts and sentences that sometimes sprout full blown without warning.  I’ve had answers I was looking for arrive when I am nowhere near my keyboard. While sitting in a waiting room, driving my car or drifting off to sleep, my mind will spit out a concise sentence or paragraph that I had been struggling to get-just-right.