Lois Lowry's Blog
Alfie had a much needed bath and haircut yesterday, to start him off for summer. And now that I am home, with no more trips till fall, and soon to head to Maine, it does begin to feel as if summer is approaching. I wrote a book once (Gathering Blue) in which seasons were named differently, and there was one period called Summerstart...that's where we are now, I think.
Headed to the theater tonight to see a new musical based on the Red Sox and called Johnny Baseball. Speaking of summer, and the boys of...
But today (Yes, it is Saturday; and yes, I work on Saturdays) I will begin the writing of a short story that I have signed a contract to do. It's a very interesting project which I am not at liberty to describe yet, but it was so intriguing that I signed on the minute it was offered to me. Sometimes the initial enthusiasm feels misplaced when the actual work turns out to be tricky or difficult. But I have had this project rattling around in my head, now, for quite a while, and I think that when I start (TODAY) on it, it should begin to flow with some ease.
"It occurred for the first time in a hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, but no one noticed except a maintainance man shoving a broom down the hall at 3 AM. He was startled by it and drew a quick breath, but he had fallen slightly behind and still had the whole OB/GYN floor to do before he could take a cigarette break. So he looked away, nudged a gum wrapper loose from the metal leg of a molded polyurethane chair by the hall window with his broom bristles, and continued methodically on without saying a word. And within the hour he had forgotten it entirely."
There. That is my opening paragraph.