When I first thought about creating a blog to chat with readers and writers about fiction, Ian McEwan’s Atonement came to mind. McEwen wrote about a young girl who made a choice that tragically affected the lives of two people she dearly loved. She had seen them doing things she lacked the life experience to understand. For the rest of her life she would seek to make impossible amends. Hers would be a life would of deep regret and atonement.
McEwan’s work illuminates the inner struggle that lovers of serious fiction understand is cause and effect in a life. It puts before us the consequences of troublesome choices that push people past boundaries they shouldn’t cross and the internal boundaries they should. This is what I would like to talk about with folks beyond the reach face-to-face conversation. Stories about people making choices that affect others in troublesome ways and struggling to overcome and make amends, sometimes in unfortunate ways; about feelings of isolation and loneliness that push people to cross ethical boundaries – even taboos – in order to reach for something they need; about the ambivalence, uncertainty, and confusion that reflective folks know from the inside.
If you like stories that describe the struggles and resiliency of the human spirit, you might be interested in joining the conversation Follow Your Nose Fiction is intended to foster. Of course, that title suggests a particular way that the words can find their way to the page. Let’s talk about that, too. Let’s ask questions and share impressions. Of course, this blog will also acquaint people with my work. For me it will be delightfully self-serving!
For the first two months, I will aim for at least two posts per week. If a post leads you down a different trail than what it’s about, feel free to stray. After all, this website is called following our noses.
Let’s see where the conversation goes…and go there.