Can’t start without coffee.  Truckloads.  Boatloads.  Of nothing but coffee.  Then breakfast.  A bagel.  With bacon and egg and cheese. Naturally, what follows is to pick up the laundry because my new Drive-By Truckers concert t-shirt is there, which is my lucky writing shirt. Once home and dressed in said shirt, I will find my novel, lined and marked heavily in maroon.  This manuscript will be set on the table next to two coffees, the old one and a new one, along with a package of Hairbo sour squiggly spaghetti.  Not much time left to write.  Six days left until thesis is due.  All day today left to write.  No left left to write.  Only right left to write.  And my coffees to drink.  Oh, the manuscript in maroon.  All the notes on the manuscript in maroon.  No sanity left inside.  Only a single bit of sanity left.  For me.  To use.  On my novel.


About J. R. Angelella

J.R. Angelella has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and his award-winning short fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He teaches writing at the University of Maryland, College Park and lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer, Kate Angelella. For more information, visit his website at www.jrangelella.com or follow him on twitter: @jrangelella.
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