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Well.  Company has gone, weekend has ended, and now it is time to begin working. I have had a daunting project on hold since last summer and presumably the wait has been good for it---and me---because surely my subconscious has been at work trying to solve the problems I was encountering with it.

In my very first book, A Summer to Die, written way back in 1976 (published a year later), the protaganist's father, an English professor on sabbatical, was writing, and encountering difficulties with, a very academic book called "The Dialectic Synthesis of Irony." I can still remember dreaming up that pretentious, professorial, and unwieldy title. Late in the book, he emerges from the room where he's been working (on a typewriter---it was that long ago) and announces happily that he has solved the problem of the book's structure, and he has done so because his subconscious had been grappling with it and a solution had revealed itself.

I do believe that that happens. I can only hope it will happen to me with this manuscript.  Last summer I had approached it though two different characters, and ended up with two different (and lengthy) starts. Both characters are intriguing (to me, at least) and they are related, but my quandary in part was the question of which one to follow and focus on. I finally had decided that they could be different parts of the same (probably lengthy) book, but the prospect was intimidating and I set the whole thing aside for a while and concentrated on other, easier things.

Now, today, after some necessary errands to bank and post office, I am going to open up those two manuscripts and decide which to attend to first, and how (eventually) to weave them together.

Here's a picture I took last weekend when we were over on the coast.

Two Lights

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Carrie Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois - I like a lot of your books...but I read your blog because you choose to live. Sounds like a great trip, maybe I'll go there someday too.

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Betty Birney Monday, 29 November 1999

Iorana, Lois. Sounds fabulous. Good for you!

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea..."
Such remoteness! so daring a pilgrimage!
(tipping hat and bowing)

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Well, it certainly seems measureless to man, as Coleridge so lyrically described, but the sea here is decidedly not sunless!

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Did a google-earth of the Island out of curiosity and nearly got vertigo...
I wonder if people have scribbled their names on the stone monoliths-- "Kilroy was here" type, through the centuries?
Feel sad about the ponies..
Cheers!

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

No, there is absolutely no graffiti. The preservation of the moai and petroglyphs is taken so seriously that there are huge fines for even touching them (and they warn that the court proceedings will take days, so you will miss your plane home)
Isn't it amazing that you can peek down through Google Earth?! If you find the volcano named Rana Ranaku...that's the one I climbed two days ago, after hiking in 5 kilometers from the road..

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Karen Monday, 29 November 1999

I've loved your books for years, but just found your blog this week!!! Having studied Easter Island and read Number the Stars with my sixth graders for years, it was quite a treat to share with my students that one of my favorite authors was currently visiting one of the places we had studied.
Thanks for posting the pictures and sharing some very interesting facts about your trip.

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grace Monday, 29 November 1999

My family comes family comes from Chile. I speak Spanish and English. Hola como estas?= Hello how are you? si=yes no=no. no sai= I don't know. avione= airplane. And so on. I am reading your book Gathering blue. It is very good.

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Dawn Farmer Monday, 29 November 1999

We have wild ponies on our Outer Banks of NC. They are amazing to watch and are, for the most part, also left to nature and what she decides. Occasionally, an environmental group will go to the islands, gather some of the ponies, and bring them inland to sell where they are "domesticated" and put on a farm to work.

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