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Newsletter Dated: 11/2/2013 10:18:59 AM
Subject: Another novel on the way....
Today I sent the manuscript for “More More Time” to my publisher, Savant Books and Publications. I started writing this story on August 25, 2011. I got some valuable help from Wendy Dunn, whose keen eye helped me sharpen the story. In all likelihood, it will be another year before the book is released, but for now, I am happy to have reached this milestone. It will be nice to have a short break in which I don’t have to think about the book every moment of every day, and, instead, can entertain some other things.
As for the story, here’s the gist:
In this novel of love and loss, of hope and the constraints of time, we are introduced to Maxwell Ruth, a sixty-two year old history teacher who is obsessed with Abraham Lincoln, disappointed in his chosen career, frustrated with a life less great than he had hoped, and desperate for a relationship with a woman. After a fall down his basement stairs, Max starts hearing a simple, yet puzzling message: endingtimeendingtimeendingtime. Little does he know that these words will have meaning for the other key people in his life, as well. Hargrove Stinson, Max’s best friend and fellow history teacher, becomes involved with Max’s neighbor, Beth, a massage therapist; Beth’s husband, Bob, becomes the unwitting inspiration for Gwen Stinson to confront the inadequacies of her marriage to Hargrove and to embrace the possibility of change for the first time. And then there is Constance Young, a secretary in Max’s doctor’s office, vivacious, sensuous, who will give Max the one thing he has never had---love. Under the surface of these lives are loss, abuse, infidelity and a search for something different. Each could use More More Time, but the clock is always ticking and time is always short.
Other news of note:
On November 14, I will be giving a talk at the University of Rochester Medical Center Institute for the Family’s “Friends of the Family” evening of drinks, dessert and discussion. The title of my talk is: “Look, Doc, I’ve never told anyone this before, but…” Reflections From a Life of Story Listening and Story Telling. Should be fun. I worked there for almost twenty years.
I was also invited to conduct a daylong writing workshop for psychotherapists in march of next year at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium a conference held annually in Washington, D.C. I will soon start working in earnest on this training which is entitled, “Walking the Writer’s Path: From Story Listening to Story Telling.”
Hm, I seem to be working on a theme.
Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the blog that I am writing for Psychology Today magazine, entitled “Going Out Not Knowing,” you can see it out at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/going-out-not-knowing
Take it easy,