clues at the scene

clues at the scene

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Hemingway Dreams

On my mind - not the literary type but the sporting type of Hemingway dreams.

I'm going north next week for an indulgence of fishing and writing. I'm hitting the spring exactly right with warm afternoons, endless hatches, and hungry fish.

At left is a custom rod built for me on a Steffen blank by Mark McKellip. It's a dream to cast. Now to bring in big fish with it ...

I'm all set on the work to do. I'm excited about the voice I've given characters and the bits and pieces I've written in an interim draft that let me play with the dynamics between the fictional cast.

I say fictional; but, to me they are very real people.

I like them. I think that's important because I'm going to be spending a lot of time with them over the next 18 months through this draft, a revision draft, line edits, re-writes, and critique submission.

I feel like an expedition is afoot.

If you haven't been on an adventure, the week or so before is filled with all manner of mixed-up emotion that becomes one the night before a strange sense of calm. That's me right now. I've been on many adventurous outings and they all leave me with the same build-up until there's nothing left to do but wait for dawn and breathe deeply.

I'm wishing all of you big fish, happy travels, and adventure. I might help myself to a little of that as well.

I'm back on Memorial Day. Until then, take care. Write something bold.

Papa would.


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Hmmmm, enjoy your fishing trip. It's been entirely too many years since my hubby and I drowned any worms. Maybe this year, though. We just got our free lifetime hunting and fishing licenses from our state. (One of the benefits of being old farts.)

Catch a couple big ones for me.

jack welling said...

Thanks Susan!

Congrats on the lifetime licenses! I'm a huge fan of those and the people who step up to buy them.

Off for trout!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Enjoy, Jack! Hope you have a great fishing/writing trip. :) Sounds like you've got a terrific story underway!

jack welling said...

Thanks. I'll take all the luck you can spare on both counts!