Siren, John William Waterhouse
I recall again the quite uplifted sense with which my idea, such as it was, permitted me at last to put quite out to sea…. Yet it must even then have begun for me, too, the ache of fear, that was to become so familiar, of being unduly tempted and led on by ‘developments’ (The Art of the Novel, p. 4, Henry James quoted in Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley.)
One of the pleasures of this journal is the comments from online friends who are writers. “Litter mates” as my friend Patricia says. There are eight million ways to write, at least, no rules about it, and all kinds of ways to twist yourself into a pretzel. Even Henry James, whose books I enjoy, fretted. Thank you, Devon, Wynn, Adrian, Gabriele for your thoughtful opinions.
I’m having surgery this week, and work is extremely busy, and the commute frays my patience, but A Lamentation of Swans leads the way through my days with its wild temptations and its ‘developments’.