A Novel

Published : Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

My web designer asked me the other day whether I’d been inspired yet—by the cowshed, he meant, and the beautiful country it sits in, which he was seeing for the first time—to write fiction.

“But BB,” I said, “that’s not where inspiration takes me. Not at the moment, anyway. I’m inspired to lines not plots—to stanzas and prayers and paeans and meditations and rants. I know it’s weird, but that’s the direction my writing mind wants to wander.”

One day I might write a novel. More likely a string of short stories. But I don’t know.…

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The Blue Plateau

Published : Monday, October 15, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

Back in March 2007, I finished a complete rewrite of a book, The Blue Plateau, I’ve been working on, sporadically for seven years. The Blue Plateau is a work of lyric nonfiction about a place I lived in for seven years; it’s a piece of nature writing; it’s a prose poem. And the book is out now with a number of publishers in the United States and Australia. One way or another, it should appear in 2008–09. Here’s a description:

The Blue Plateau is a memoir of an astonishing Australian landscape and some of its people, among them…

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What’s Writing For

What makes writing worth writing—and reading—is what the story or the poem achieves beyond the tale it tells: its music, its wisdom, its form, the way it makes the ordinary world beautifully strange. A good tale is only good, in other words, if the telling is sound and memorable. It’s the voice and mood, the arc and flow, the poetry of the writing that endure when the storyline fades.

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