The Home Stretch might be an overstatement, but I like a horse metaphor and the end is more or less in sight.  I know, because I’ve started leaving the house. When things are going really badly, I tend to pace around seeking useless displacement activity at home. It’s a bit like studying for an exam. You may not actually be studying, but you can’t quite bring yourself to do anything else either.

Here are the things that have fallen through the cracks while trying to finish my book:

  1. Letter from VW a few months ago suggested we URGENTLY replace vital something-or-other part, which will result in engine explosion and certain death.  Can’t find letter.
  2. Child’s vision has deteriorated.  Have suggested she develop squint.
  3. While searching in closet for glamorous summer clothes, discovered I have none.
  4. Have neglected to answer months worth of fan letter (sic).

Now that I look at the list, I may as well go back and do another revision.


3 thoughts on “The Home Stretch

  1. Candy 9 years ago

    interesting. these last few months, number two son also appears to have developed squint. wisely delegated specsavers visit to husband who promptly discovered that he too was losing his vision. now the spectacled members of family outnumber the non-spectacled members. must. pay. more. attention.

    1. Meg 9 years ago

      At least you sent him with someone. We’re still squinting here….

  2. Alice 9 years ago

    Hi Meg, miss you! Love hearing your voice (in writing). We’re at opposite ends of the stretch–I’m trying to get myself launched on the new book–which is right now several books each auditioning in turn for the limelight. Like putting my ear to a shell and trying to divine the true voice of the ocean. Almost everything I start sounds like “Anne of Green Gables” which I’m listening to in my car. I love that damn book. Like Jo, Anne is the ur-writer-to-be. The victorian inflections have infected me and I can’t quite remember how to write in the spare prose I’m famous (hah) for.

    One coup this week, though–Alan Cheuse’s rave review of LOST aired on All Things Considered. Are you still American enough to know what that means?

    Send me an e-mail when you come up for air…

    Love, alice

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