It's May 9 and we've had the same forecast for days - cloudy, chance or snow or rain, windy. Rain might help the extreme drought we're in, but a good snow pack would help more, which we didn't have this winter. I'm still trying to write poetry, mostly about awakening. Someday I'll post some more of my poems on this web site. I thought I'd try writing another book in the Wings series. I had an idea for the character, Jamie, who was a teenager in Wings of the Wind. I thought he might go west from Boston after serving in the navy during the civil war. I'm interested in indigenous culture now and then so I've been doing some reading. I thought Jamie could go to California and he could meet some indigenous people. This would be about 1870. In my research I found out that the US Military and vigilantes did a good job of exterminating about 80% of the indigenous peoples of California between 1846 and 1877. It is a terrible history. I don't want to write about that. So I'm casting about for Jamie's story, still researching. Not much interested in white people's history. I can't write about indigenous, because it's not my story. But I am still reading indigenous authors, history, and culture. I read Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss. She has a wonderful indigenous perspective on the science of plants and today's world. I heartily recommend both books. And she is online in videos and is a wonderful lecturer. Very calming and thoughtful.
I'm a serious writer, meaning I have a regular daily writing habit, and I'm interested in sharing my work through publication. My favorite literary form is the novel. I write to entertain myself and my readers.