I’m going to take a short break from the blog while I disappear into the mist of a new year to start writing a new book.
Having published three novels, I know how incredibly easy and almost impossible it can be, all in the same day. But if you string enough of those days together and maintain a theme and create enough memorable characters, it might turn into something worth reading.
But a great book, even a mediocre one, must have a villain. You know, a boogey man.
In my first book, “Swallow Savannah,” it was the Bomb Plant. In “Sister Santee” it was the quasi-governmental power companies. In “Salkehatchie Soup,” it was the nuclear waste still buried in our state, the legacy of the Cold War.
In this book, tentatively titled “Saving Seabrook,” the evil within is the good old South Carolina public education system. While it’s not all about that, it will have a leading role. Mainly, how our stubborn state has systematically done everything possible not to educate its citizens, black and white.
As I delve into the muck and mire of this issue, I’ve decided to ask the experts for some true-to-life stories. If you have an opinion, an example, a perspective or an insight into how and why and where we went wrong, I’d like to hear it.
So, over the next few weeks, if something pops into your mind, send it to me in a few hundred words or less at firstname.lastname@example.org. You never know, it could be Chapter 12.
Thanks. See you in a week or two.