Tell us a story

I found a story I wrote ages ago, so I have put it up under a separate page on the menu bar

I don’t write many short stories, because it’s so difficult to do. I do read them, though, and the best ones are so brilliant they can leave you gasping for air. John Cheever’s, for example, or Alice Munro’s. One of my favourite iPod resorts, particularly for insomnia or on long boring journeys, is the New Yorker Fiction podcast in which a New Yorker writer chooses another story from the magazine’s archive to read aloud and discuss with the fiction editor.

I’m in Italy for a few days, recharging before writing the last third of the current novel, so I have been thinking about stories and via the podcasts I have just listened to Rick Bass reading Thomas McGuane’s ICE. Oh how simple it seems, and how complicated it actually is to put so much meaning into so few words. I can’t get the rhythm of McGuane’s writing out of my head.

Rather sotto voce lately on this page. It’s partly just because of work soaking up most of the energy, but also because I have had a bad back. I’ve never suffered from this before and it does rather take over.

Hoping for an improvement following plenty of pasta and Tuscan red.


3 thoughts on “Tell us a story

  1. Hi Rosie! How lovely to hear from you! I liked the short story. How is Italy? Wish I was there if only to escape the football and tennis on TV! 😦 (I hate sport!) Thanks for the link to the podcasts. I hadn’t heard of that one. It sounds interesting and worthy of further investigation. Really, really sorry to hear about your back! How miserable for you! DH suffers constantly with his back and it’s agony to watch him trying to get comfortable, so you have unlimited sympathy from me. Enjoy your time away and come back refreshed and full of beans – minus the back problems, hopefully. 🙂

    Rosemary K

  2. Hi Rosie, I’m reclining on my garden swing, enjoying the glorious weather and re-reading ‘Border Crossing’! I know this took place in 1999, and is possibly still going on annually, but with satellite systems all over the world, and in almost every computerised gadget you can buy now, do you think it detracts from the achievement and thrill? Apart from being 15 years older now, would you do it again if you could?

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