In the past week, I’ve revised a non-snapshot essay about a friend who died, trying to understand our relationship, and how perhaps her sometimes erratic behavior was driven by her illness that she didn’t talk about, at least not to me. I think it may now be ready to send out. At the same time, I have drafted something about my step-grandmother.
(This photo shows my childhood home in northern New Jersey as it stands now, not at all what it looked like when my family lived there from 1959-2008. For one thing, the big oak tree near the curb is done as are the under-window rhododendron bushes.)
I have also done my online research about my mother’s cigarette brand and posted a query to H-New Jersey, an online group of scholars interested in New Jersey history, about speakeasies in private homes for my snapshot about the basement in my childhood home.
This week I have many snapshot options: writing about hiding in the upstairs bathroom as a kid; writing about failing my driver’s test my senior year of high school (a humiliating story); and/or writing about visiting my grandmother’s shtetl in Poland. Whatever I don’t write about this week, I can pursue in future weeks.
Other Work in Progress
This week I dedicate to revisions on my bio in verse, still undergoing the contract process. If there’s time, or if I need a break, I may try to revise my “basement” snapshot.