Are you one of those writers who thinks of a great sentence or a great opening or a description of someone’s smile and then adds it to a stack of other unfinished ideas? Tell me where you store those snippets and how you feel about pieces of unfinished thoughts?
Wednesday, you’ll meet one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Cameron McGill, who will talk about these snippets, along with other things like low-budget touring and playing at Lollapalooza. I adore Cameron, so please make the time – in between turkey and football – to say hello to him.
It’s Pynchon Week over at The Elegant Variation, and guest blogger Jim Ruland asked me and some others to chime in about our favorite Pynchon moments. Check it out and add your favorites to the comments section.
And now for a little Henderson excitement over the weekend:
1. Did I finish my novel? Not exactly. Some other matters took priority.
2. Green-Hand Henderson was admitted to the gifted program.
3. Green-Hand had a playdate, featuring pillow-swinging.
4. I hear a thunk and tell the boys to settle; Green-Hand comes upstairs crying. I ask what happened, he says he doesn’t remember.
5. He feels better and goes back to play. Comes up a little bit later saying he feels like he’s in a dream and can’t remember his friend coming over.
6. Remembering how Green-Hand fakes being sick nearly every day before school and sometimes falls down and plays dead if a leaf falls on him, I take his comments in stride.
7. Green-Hand keeps saying, I feel like I’m in a dream, I don’t know what day it is. I think he’s working himself up and don’t end up calling the ER for an hour.
8. The doctor says get him in for a CAT scan and my neighbor, who wins a million friendship points, drives us there.
9. The doctor tells us his name and we all laugh inappropriately.
10. Concussion. Event amnesia. Some surrounding amnesia. CAT scan is good.
11. Doctor tells us that Green-Hand may experience signs like failure to concentrate, forgetfulness, dreamlike state, poor test performance. We all laugh inappropriately again.
12. Mr. Henderson meets us at the hospital after driving from Manhattan during intermission from a show.
13. We get home and one side of James the cat’s face is swelled up to the size of an egg. Mr. Henderson takes him to kitty ER.
14. At Sunday School, Green-Hand does a project on “thankfulness” and his says “I am thankful for rocks.” Half-assed picture of a dog sniffing a rock. We take this as a sign he’s back to normal.
15. I’m feeling very guilty for not calling the doctor immediately. I wonder if all the trips to the ER for what I mistook as SARS and brain tumors counts.
16. Hopefully he’s still gifted after this mysterious incidence with the pillow.