Beginning Again

I started writing my fourth novel today.

Sitting in Barnes and Noble, North Charleston.

Not my first choice but my first choice closed down.

An unscrupulous landlord tripled the rent of the little coffee shop.

The outrage lasted almost a week before it disappeared.

Too much effort to keep protests going.

So it closed, without much fanfare.

And the once irritated customers all found different places to

Drink our lattes.

Meet our friends.

Or write our novels.

Something about writing in a bookstore though,

People looking for understanding,

The knowledge of the ages within their grasp.

Lovers leisurely strolling through the aisles,

Smiling, their private jokes turns to public laughter.

I had the idea on how to start an hour ago.

Parts of the story already formed.

Other parts missing or unclear.

But I had a beginning,

And so I finished the mundane chores of the day.

And came here, with my thoughts and my laptop.

To begin, once again.

The excitement, my private joke turning into public laughter.

And I begin.



About oxrider

Mr. Winter has written novels, books of poetry and short stories, and books on acting. He has written over three dozen plays, winning the S.C. Playwright’s Festival. His inventive theatrical work has been seen in the US and Europe. A.F. Winter has been acting, teaching, and directing, for over 30 years. He created a theatre which worked with at-risk youth giving them positive alternatives in their lives. Please visit his website at View all posts by oxrider

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