Fiction Daily.
A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
Happy Tuesday
Happy Tuesday in Fiction Daily-land. We met with our tax agent last night and filed our 2007 taxes. Whew. As a self-employed writer my taxes are not as simple as business trips and mileage ... though last year I had a lot of those things, too. There is Internet, software programs, pens, paper ... computer repairs ... and being a somewhat compulsive note-taker and list-maker, I document everything ... more than necessary probably. Even our tax agent ... who is awesome ... seems a little overwhelmed by my attention to minutia.

So sunny today, that burden lifted. Many others waiting to take its place.

One of my big projects has stalled for the time being and that means my work will double when it starts up again ... with twice the deadline pressure. The joy. No complaints though, it is fun work.

Today, there are reports China has arrested several people for allegedly burning shops in Lhasa and arrested more than 400 people for so-called inciting violence. I shudder to think about their treatment.

These days, it seems no one minds a little torture here and there to keep people in line.

I haven't forgotten about my site's Jack Kerouac section and as soon as I have a half-day I will post images and commentary from "Beatific Soul" at the New York Public Library.

I will also add some about his less-well-known works, such as "Some of the Dharma," about Buddhism.

Speaking of which, I have ordered a book by John Dorfner, of Raleigh, N.C., about Jack Kerouac's time in Rocky Mount, N.C. Mr. Dorfner several years ago went to the trouble of finding the house where Jack Kerouac lived at the West Mount crossroads. He has even interviewed people who knew him then. I used his book to track down the house in the late 1990s.

Last weekend, I visited my mom (who had surgery in February). After our visit, I went to the house to take some photos ... it appears empty ... just a few kids toys piled up in the backyard.

Once I receive the book I will pass along what I learn, with the photos I took.

More to come.
2008-04-01 13:32:43 GMT
Comments (2 total)
So much going on! Glad you got your taxes done and have a breather from the enormous project, even if it means some crunch later. How was the hike on Saturday?

This section of my message is entitled "The World's Biggest Schmoo," and I post it here to make my humiliation public. Pardon my nonresponse to your voicemail last week. I would love to talk about "Mackerel Sky" with you! My notes are poised and ready to go anytime. Since the Big Bad Project isn't breathing down your neck, you tell me when.

To anyone else who is reading this but has not yet read the story, please do so. It is a triumph!
2008-04-01 14:51:12 GMT
glad my book helped...the book, Kerouac: Visions of Rocky Mount was a lot of fun to put together. i actually published it after writing Kerouac: Visions of Lowell. the Rocky Mount book was the first i published at my small press, Cooper Street Publications. i got a chance to meet Allen Ginsberg in Lowell in 1994. he loved the Rocky Mount so much he wrote the foreword to Kerouac: Visions of Lowell. glad my book is used by writers doing their own search of Kerouac's life and times in West Mount, a place he called Big Easonburg Woods.
--John J Dorfner
2008-04-19 11:18:59 GMT
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