Tuesday, November 9, 2010


JoAnn Arnold

I'm getting a late start with my blog, today, because my sister had to have eye surgery yesterday, and between helping her and taking care of my mom, I just got back home. I want you to know that the first thing I did was sit down at my computer and get to work on my blog.

For those of you who had the chance to read my last blog, I want you to know that the elections, last Tuesday, went very well. People were lined up most of the day. We election judges were there from 6:00am until 9:30pm, with hardly a break to eat, etc.

A few blogs ago I talked about Castle Gate, (my birth place) and one of the comments I received gave me an idea. The comment was that there just might be a novel somewhere in my memories of Castle Gate. Well, I was helping my mother sort through her things, the other day as we were unpacking her boxes, and I found some newspaper clippings with pictures of Castle Gate (taken in the olden days) and I thought, "Why not?" Maybe it will come into being.

Life has in interesting way in influencing our decisions. we have a responsibility to our patriotic duty - to family - to ourselves, and to a commitment made.

In writing a novel, we find ourselves responsible for the structure, the story values, The rhythm, The plot, the sequence, the characters, the climax, our readers. The list goes on.

Sometimes, we find ourselves with a migraine of re-writes - an empty cup - unexpected interruptions that steal our imagination for a period of time. But, that's life and life is a constant learning experience.

Now, I've got to get back to the read world. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

p.s. I want you all to know that I learn from reading your blogs. Thank you.


Rebecca Talley said...

I enjoyed this post. Thank you, Jo Ann.

Steve said...

Castle Gate just sounds cool. Go for it!

Michael Knudsen said...

Hey, I'm the guy who made that comment! We can split the royalties 50/50, JoAnn. Just kidding. I hope to see that book somday.