Friday, May 10, 2002
Today the novelizing seemed determined to live up to every vile thing I've ever said about writing. I managed a respectable 1,002 wds., but it took about twice as long as usual. The words came only with the greatest reluctance. Hopefully, tomorrow will be less tedious; I feel the book moving, finally, towards its center.
This evening I wrote text for an exhibit at the McWane Center here in Birmingham. Mostly material on Alabama mosasaurs and the Late Cretaceous seaway in North America. It was refreshing to be writing something that I didn't have to invent first. Anyway, if you're in Birmingham this June, when the exhibit opens, stop by McWane (it's downtown, near the old Alabama Theater) and have a look. The exhibit will include mosasaur, bird, and dinosaur material I helped collect and prepare when I was at the Red Mountain Museum in the '80s, as well as a giant ground sloth skull from an Alabama cave that I did the primary preparation work on.
I also spent part of the day reading William Blake. We had a nice thunderstorm this afternoon and may get more tonight and tomorrow.