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“Eureka!” moment while reading Oliver Sacks

I took a break yesterday from endlessly proofing and revising the manuscript of my “secret project” and sat outside in the April sunshine to give myself a treat. In one sitting, I devoured Hallucinations, the latest book from neurologist Oliver Sacks, a writer who is one of the literary heroes whom I worship. I fell in love with sign language many years ago after reading his book, Seeing Voices. And I believe it was this book, salted away in the archives of my mind, that triggered the voice I heard one day in my car, telling me that the main character of a book on which I had been blocked for years was deaf. I give credit to Sacks for unlocking my first novel, Cheshire Moon, for me.

Every time I read one of his books, no matter what the topic, I find more inspiration. Yesterday, while reading Hallucinations, I came upon this passage on page 90.

“To live on a day to day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see overall patterns in our lives.”

And it was like discovering the Ba’al Shem Tov quote I keep elsewhere on my website all over again; it was as if Sacks had seen into my heart. Yes! Though my attempts at providing escape, meaning, or transcendence will always fall short, they are still what make the time I spend writing worthwhile.

 

Still plugging away: have a new article for you

I am getting closer and closer to finishing my secret project, which is nearing prime-time readiness. There has been a lot of research and learning I had to do, which was time-consuming, at times frustrating, but ultimately a lot of fun. And I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed writing so much! Now the main hurdle may be overcoming my own perfectionism; I can’t seem to stop revising.

In the meanwhile, I re-discovered a neat little trick about proofreading on your iPad, Kindle, or other e-reading device. Perhaps it will help you as much as it’s helped me.

Coming soon: secret project

I hope to have some interesting news here soon about a secret project I’m working on now. I’m excited about it, to the point where I wrote 12,000 words in just three days last week. That is a complete departure from my usual glacial writing pace. But I’ve learned that I need to let fevered manuscripts like this cool down for a bit, so I can look back at them with detachment later and see what needs to be revised. Still, I’m optimistic that I will have more news to share in weeks, not months.