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Going back.

What happens when you look back? If you’re of a certain age, seeing the world in reverse may remind you that you’re not getting any younger. On the other hand, it may help you realize how far you’ve come. It’s a great way to measure just how many lessons you’ve learned.
Novelists have it easier, they can turn their past into fiction, while at the same time changing their own history. I like this A LOT! How about you? No, I’m not suggesting everyone become a writer. That would create too many schizophrenics in the world, too many people living a life unreal.
THE SEVENTH RITUAL: A RACE FOR SURVIVAL, my newest novel (for ADULTS), is about to be finished. I think I’m up to Draft #100 by this time. Normal for any writer who wants to ‘get it right.’ In this book there are two ongoing plots that merge at the end. My favorite plot involves two-year old Pauly; he’s the best and I’m going to miss him. I loved spending the last 99 drafts in 1959, learning about Pauly, watching QUEEN FOR A DAY, listening to Doris Day sing SECRET LOVE, reading about Marilyn Monroe and Rock Hudson in PHOTOPLAY, hearing Walter Cronkite discuss Cuba on TV, playing with Lincoln Logs, eating grape Jell-O and Swanson’s TV dinners, never complaining, but at the same time, hoping for a better life.
Going back (in time) is good. It’s a look back at your own life…only better.
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