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Missing The Old Scout
February 24, 2011 |
Do you have any plans to resume writing The Old Scout? I miss it terribly!
I took a vacation from the weekly newspaper column last summer because it was chewing up my Mondays and part of my Tuesdays. Like everyone who ever ventured into newspaper columnizing, I figured on the job being easy, like mowing a lawn, and instead it turned out to be like hanging wallpaper. In other words, maddening. I had a 750-word limit and wanted to carve a light-hearted essay in that space that could range from the political to personal history to the doings of my sandy-haired daughter, but never quite got the hang of it, I'm afraid, and meanwhile was spending a lot of hours deleting and rewriting. I'd like to resume the column someday, and see if I can find the tone I was looking for. It's all about tone, or voice. Once you find it, you can write in the dark.