Magnetic Lines – your own, other people’s

In Current reading, Drafts, Revision on January 24, 2014 at 5:36 am

Any one of the short stories by Flannery O’Connor. Read. You won’t rush into the next one, and the next after that, as if you were sampling every chocolate in the box.

Apart from her obvious talent, the mystery resides in her religious faith maybe. Only someone who’s placed her faith and hope in another, better place, can yield the scalpel with such an unblinking eye. There’s a better home a-waiting somewhere else. No need to spare anyone or anything in this realm.

The rest of us poor suckers don’t have the secret mojo. It’s here and now, for better and for worse. Whatever we get, we’ll get in this world. Whatever we miss won’t show up in the afterlife. No consolation prizes, children. Do the best you can with the hand you’re dealt. Shlepping your person and your files from one place to another, you take the time to watch the perfect mirror image of the riverbank  in the water? Please, by all means. You’ll never see it quite the same way again.

As for your own stories. As for your own writing. Do as Ulysses did. Listen to the power of those voices. Feel the overwhelming yearning to sing as well as they. Then, steer your tiny craft through the tougher places, and hope to find your way home, some day. Or not.


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