“I don’t know a damned thing in this life, but what is shown to me by life, itself.”
This blogger is writing a novel.
I’ve never done that before, unless you count that failed attempt that ended after a hundred-and-fifty pages, back around the turn of this century. A novel about a man, his thoughts, and and his coffee.
A man who was also a serial killer, but I digress.
I wrote it while I sat, alone, in a used book store at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Prospect Avenue. My store, as it was going out of business, in the midst of the small retail depression of post-9/11, America.
“Get out and buy stuff, people! If you don’t, the terrorists will win!”
The doors of my store closed for good in April of 2002. The only things I took with me were a few now-mildewed books, and that half-finished novel. The only evidence of which is a single, printed copy on a hundred-and-fifty, eight-and-a-half by eleven sheets of plain paper, locked away, never again to see the light of day.
I buried that story, just like I buried everything else from that life. I buried it under the books, under the years, under a lifetime of unfulfilled dreams. Until a funny thing happened on the way to becoming someone else. I became who I already was. And another book was born.
Another book, and another character.
This day, in this post, I introduce you to the man who sat behind the counter of a failing used book store, invisible behind a computer screen, barely knowing where he’d come from, and not knowing at all where he was going. The man who would one day write more than a hundred-and-fifty pages of forgotten words.
The man who would become fiction.
In the months to come… because this is what the world of indie publishing has become in the years since I started writing… I will be dropping hints about this novel-in-progress using the hashtag #BuddhaBukowski, one of the two main characters in the book. This, because it helps let the world know that I created a character with a very distinct name, and so that everyone who reads this post, or sees the hashtag across social media, will, by using it, help me welcome this book into the public consciousness before it ever hits the shelves.
More to follow…