The holidays afforded me some useful downtime to work on the structure of the 2018 novel. If you know me, you know the structure will be a rhizomatic, a root network, and not arbolic, or tree-like. The overriding narrative arc will be non-linear and sometimes invisible, although subplot elements will be self-referential, autobiographical almost. The snippets of my poetry that appear epigrammatically will actually be chronological, but since most readers won’t be familiar with all the elements of the underlying plot sequence, it may not be readily apparent. And it will begin and end in a library, or a museum, or archive, or some combination of the three. Where else would I take you? And what’s the difference anyway?
Still working on a way to incorporate real-time reader participation. That will require some thinking, some work.
Finally, the idea will be to make it comprehendible across all reading levels, like my two favorite novels, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Ellison’s Invisible Man. I know. A tall order. But would you prefer a short order? Besides, if my 8-yr old nephew can’t read it (he’ll be nine by year’s end), I will have missed the mark.
Ok. Get your tickets early if you really want to ride!
p.s. The process will be arrangement, then description, i.e. gathering all the pieces, doing the research, etc., which will take until early March. Then I am taking a hiatus to read the August Wilson Century Series (10 plays) with a group. In May there might be a road trip to the Great Smokies, if I am lucky. Then, hopefully by June, the knitting can begin in earnest.