“I finished the thing; but I think I sprained my soul.” Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter, renowned political activist, beloved professor, and author of numerous short stories said of her only novel, Ship of Fools, “I finished the damn thing; but I think I sprained my soul.”

George Orwell also mentioned something similar, that writing a book was like enduring a painful illness.

Joyce Carol Oates says that writing, to her, is something essential, like dreaming. I like that statement, I like it immensely.

For me writing is a voyage, as is reading, perhaps that’s why I love them both so much?

Soon I will be able to get back to work (I have been sidelined by all sorts of things, among them a battery of medical tests that thus far have revealed nothing at all scary) and babies, finishing my novel sounds heavenly to me. I can’t wait.

Be well, keep your chin up (all of them), and if you’re writing, keep at it!






  1. .You may not be writing but you certainly are photographing. You have a wonderful talent to use light in the best way. Love your photographs. So you’re being very creative even with all those hateful and scary tests. I know about that stuff.

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