Attached are my July ramblings -- aka Bob
White's monthly Blog. I'm doing something different this month. My new
blog "Storyman in a Rabbit Hole" has the continuing tale of a writer
deep in a rabbit hole working on his writing and meeting interesting authors. I
have to thank Lewis Carroll for the idea. (no Cheshire cats, though) On
his journey he meets writers of note, now gone, and has fictitious
conversations with them. The last line in each segment however is an actual quote
from that famous author
Writing is Simple
Hmmm, I thought. That's not
quite me. Although the advice to read good literature, in particular Samuel
Clemmons, struck me as sound, the last bit from Mr. Hemingway raked across my
psyche. Was it in the vein of never let them see you sweat, or pretend to be a
con? Move on, I told myself.
I bid good-by to
Mr. Hemingway and his cats and set off at a brisk pace through the passageway
until I came to two tunnels, one branching off the other. What was the advice
Emily Dickinson gave me weeks before? Bear to the left to find other writers.
Yes, that was it. Left was right.
however, this route led downhill on a steep slant. I could turn back, or take
the other path, but where would that get me? No more writers to visit. No more
secrets from the masters. Nothing to do but go further into the maze in my
The steep part soon leveled out and began a meandering curve to the
right. After walking for half an hour in the dim glow of the passageway I saw a
bright light glowing from the wall. I wondered who I'd find. I quickened my
pace until I stood before the opening in amazement.
The gentleman sat in a leather chair, eyes nearly closed. He wore a
black suit with a waistcoat. His wavy dark brown hair was slightly out of place
and longer than I expected. The expression on his face was serene with the
corners of his mouth hinting at a smile.
I didn't want to disturb him, but I couldn't help myself. Chances like
this didn't come often. I cleared my throat. "Excuse me Mr. Dodgson."
He roused himself, smiled and said, "Most people don't call me than
"Would you prefer I call you Mr. Carroll?"
"If you're going to use the Dodgson, then you should use Charles as
well. Now, who might you be? Are you lost, or do you need some other kind of
I introduced myself and said, "I'm a writer and I've already met all
sorts of other interesting writers in this rabbit hole. I'm asking them questions to help me with my writing."
"You're sure you don't want to know about my inventions?"
"I would, but let's tackle writing first. Tell me how you write a story.
For instance, how did you write Alice in Wonderland?"
"Very simple," he said. Begin at the beginning and go on till you come
to the end; then stop."