Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Writing and remembering, "Everything is Tomorrow?"

I've been working on my new book, Everything is Tomorrow? about the nine weeks I spent in Peru in 1987. Peru wasn't very stable then. (Now it has a budding tourist industry and is a lot of fun) There were Maoist guerrilas (today, I suppose, some would call them terrorists) operating in most parts of the country. There were a couple present at our archeology camp--under the theory that we wouldn't be attacked if some of them were with us.
I remember most of it vividly. I'm using the journal I kept at the time as the "skeleton" of the work, and fleshing the rest of it out as I go. Interesting times. Dangerous times, too. It was a lot of fun. I plan to publish it at the end of February--or middle of March.
Remembering is not without it's costs, however small. I have pretty vivid dreams, and pulling a guy out of raging white water left a mark on me I can't deny. Still toss and turn a bit when that one comes up. It was successful, that rescue.
I hope you'll read the book when it comes out. It's an adventure I'd like to show you.


Nancy Ferriell? said...

I would assume saving a man in white water was physically challenging and mentally satisfactory. Which was a better afterwards high, Saving this man or saving the little girl across your street when you heard the Grandmother screaming?

David J. Steele said...

They were equally satisfying, but for different reasons. Saving the child held no danger for me, but I almost froze with fear when I realized she wasn't breathing. When she breathed, I knew it had nothing to do with me--I was seeing a little miracle play out before my eyes.

The jackass in the river episode was frightening because the river almost won. I felt my own mortality under those icy waters and I didn't like it.

Jeffrey Miller said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one a lot.

Sorry to hear that it will be awhile before you get back to it.

In the meantime, I've completed 309 pages of my latest tome, Waking up in the Land of the Morning Calm. It is a collection of essays, newspaper articles, and poetry about Korea. It is what I wanted to write before I wrote War Remains.

I also have three stories for a horror collection for teen readers called "Fright Night" (I have a fourth worked out in my head).

And then, it's back to Mojave Green, my crime novel.