6th Haystack Story: Victory!

30 Sep

I won’t top this. I could not BE more satisfied with this project right now. Let the record show that at just before 1:00 AM, I completed the day’s shorty, which I worked on all day, off and on, and which just so happens to be the resurrection of a story I tried to write in the first half of 2009, and then returned to a number of times the last couple of years, failing each time to complete a draft. I didn’t even open those earlier Word files. I just re-imagined the basic idea of the story, which happened to come to mind because it fit so well with my trip to Haystack, and this time, after starting from scratch with a new opening image, I just insisted on finishing it. I really like it, too, but that could be all about the victory of the finished draft, and so what if it is. Ahh, happy days. And many thanks to Cheryl Wilder, who said, you want a little Emily Dickinson? I’ll give you a little Emily Dickinson. And I’ll do it in 5 minutes flat. Damn, Girl!

Working Title: Writer in Residence
1st Sentence: Emily Dickinson would have had eyes like a cat.
Favorite Sentence: Who was she to feel that tremble in her fingers as she held the pen, who was she to look at those insensible liquid curves she was putting on that paper and imagine them twisting, elongating, connecting into letters and words and sentences….
Word Length: 1,007

Photo: View from the dining room of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts 9/2012

4 Responses to “6th Haystack Story: Victory!”

  1. cynthia October 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM #


  2. Pat October 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    Beautiful photos. It’s a good thing too — considering how hard they make you work to find the place!

    • Claire Guyton October 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM #

      Gorgeous, restful seclusion doesn’t come easy….

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