September 14, 2017
Here to finish a novel that is due to my publisher after my third deadline has passed. This book has been shunted to the side by a family illness — as a beloved nephew battles brain cancer. “Laurentian Divide,” the second novel in a trilogy, has picked up on these themes of death and inevitability we all face and has been an incredibly difficult book to write.
Having the solitude and time to work through such heavy themes has been invaluable. Surprisingly, my re-read has revealed that I’m not only on track with this book but that the element I have been so worried over still shines through — the humor. Which is also getting my family through this time. And frankly it’s humor that has gotten us through every difficulty, every time. For the first time in my life, it seems plausible that between natural disasters, political disasters and humankind eating up this planet’s resources, that the future will be more grim than the past. So, let’s laugh while we can and brace for the rest, cuz we’re in for a bumpy ride!
And be grateful — as I am, immensely, for my time here at Write On and the many generous folks that believe that books and writing enrich our lives.
Sarah Stonich (Minneapolis, MN)
Novelist, These Granite Islands, The Ice Chorus, Vacationland