Jake, Web, and Mom

I don’t know how long ago I promised the third Jake Calcutta story, followed by the third Irish Adventure From the Fog but reports of my writing, as they don’t say, were greatly exaggerated.

We’ve been home from Wisconsin for two weeks and we’re still not back to our regular routine. Another week and we should be more or less recovered. Gustave Flaubert wrote to Gertrude Tennant, “Be regular and orderly in your life…so that you may be violent and original in your work.” (Soyez réglé dans votre vie et ordinaire…afin d’être violent et original dans vos œuvres.)

Don’t believe the hype about the wild lives of writers. The wild life is what goes on when they’re not writing, or because they’re not writing, or they’re not writing because of the wild life, or something. Without an orderly life, truly creative work is difficult.

Here’s to an orderly life and robust originality in my upcoming artistic works.

2 thoughts on “Jake, Web, and Mom

  1. Yeah, I dig. I had hip surgery last Monday, and the next 5 days were a blur of bad reaction to medications and blear-eyed wooziness. Still getting, literally, back on my feet.

    Order and originality do clap together.

  2. Hey, I’m hip to that, daddio. Instead of your usual break dancing now it’s a shuffle, eh?

    I hear Manhattans are good for hip recovery. That is, after all, why hipsters drink them, yes?

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