The days move so quickly—whether or not one is having fun! At the start of the year I was determined to write a novel in the month of January. Now that January is past, and February almost as well I am kicking myself not so gently. It has been tough these past few days to be active and positive with writing. I fall into these lethargies from time to time. Perhaps with the thought of warmer days I will be able to invigorate myself. Or perhaps I should just think about the fact these novels/stories/poems do not write themselves so… The real trouble lies in the starting of a new project. I have about twenty pages of what I hope will be a southern tale of passion and violence, but because I am only at the beginning, I have yet to really figure out what it is I want to do. This is what is tripping me up. Once I have a better idea of the story itself, I will hopefully fall into the world or where a novel ‘writes itself.’ I LOVE that place! On another note of encouragement for other writers (I want to think of a cute name for us—why not!!) I am reading the new issue of Poets and Writers. It is a great magazine; also check out Writer’s Digest. Read little kitties. Read!