Four mornings ago, I woke up at 2 AM from a
very bizarre sci-fi dream. I wrote down some
notes in the dark to start working it into a story.
Then that very day at the library, a book that I
requested arrived: THE SEARCH FOR PHILIP
K. DICK, written by his third wife Anne Dick.
He has long been a writing model for me, a
teacher and inspiration. He says in this book
that it takes 20-30 years to succeed as a
literary writer, which may be true.
(I finished my first novel in 1988 and have
written over thirty since then, so I’m still waiting.)
Even as I’m writing my sci-fi story based on my
dream, while also working on a new novel featuring
two robots, reading this book is real interesting
and reminds me to stay on track.