I finally starting writing my 1970s
children's novel! I'm 5 pages in so far
but I can tell it's going to be quite
a wonder. I've been taking notes on
this for a few years now and I'm so
glad to be able to get to it at last.
Maybe I'll share some of the writing
soon, stay tuned.
Saw two great movies from 1946, Deadline at Dawn and Nobody Lives Forever. All those little details
are so great, like the telescope view
of the moon for a dime and the rowboat
under the pier, the little shops and cafes
Here's a terrifying tale for you.
Also a tribute to Vincent Price.
The HOUSE on HAUNTED HILL
They begged his mother to
take them to the Avalon. In 1959 they were barely ready for the story up on the
screen. They waited on the curb afterwards, jumpy and checking the street. They
weren’t afraid of Vincent Price, they knew what they would have done. They sat
in the backseat and his mother listened to them bray and when she couldn’t take
it anymore, she turned the wheel and took them the long way home through the
cemetery. With the headlights turned off, every shadow was leaping at the sides
of the car.
A true story about the dog my father had
when he was a boy. Also a flat fable:
Everyone knew that
chasing cars would be the end of that bulldog, but he never learned. He would
hear the motor and the rubber tread and run at the street until he hit that
passing blur, catching as much as he could in his teeth. Finally it happened,
bit to a whitewall, taken round whirling three or four times until the car
stopped and he was flat enough to fold.
Since the publication of my book Florida,
I've been writing hundreds of these short
pieces. There are two more books similar
to Florida coming soon from Good Deed
Rain. This new story I just wrote while on
my break at work, watching the dragonflies
above my bench.
The DRAGONFLY JUNKYARD
A weedy lot stacked with
the remains of old dragonflies. Broken wings are leaned against the fence like rows
of stain glass windows. Motors with the gears pulled out. The long rusted
segments of fuselage. The man who works here says to look around, there are
enough parts about to mix and match and put another dragonfly in the air.
It's been a long time since I read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Still a great book! It was especially fitting
reading this after I read The Westing Game.
Similar feel to them. And those books are
spurring me on to begin work on my 1977
children's book, my next writing project.