OPEN THE GODDAM DOOR!
Words spoken are powerful but ephemeral. Words written remain a permanently open door, inviting others into our state of mind at any given time or circumstance. If I can think it, I can write it. If I can’t think it through clearly, I can untangle the morass by writing thoughts on paper, forcing a mass of intertwined concepts into an orderly march in single file, one word at a time. Or deconstructing an amazingly harmonized chord of an idea into a linear melody. Does that capture ‘it’? Ever? Not quite. But it’s as close as I know how to come.
In this spirit of homage to the power of the written word, I am taking the hazardous step of announcing, in print, the working title of my next book. Because if I announce it, I am existentially committed to doing it. If I don’t, I can too easily change my mind.
Open the Goddam Door! will initially appear as a series of disparate stories, approximately one story per month, in the blog section of my website: www.sharonjeanhamilton.com I am inviting readers to question and comment. These interlocutions may become part of the final manuscript. They might even enable me to write a few chords interspersed throughout my melody.
A draft of the first story should appear by January 31.
Sharon J. Hamilton has taught English in every grade, from one through master’s level, during her forty-year career. She earned a PhD in language and literacy at the University of London and has participated in writing seminars at Corpus Cristi College, Oxford, and the Faber Academy, London.