Meet Root

Here I am waiting for Godot

Here I am still waiting

Still waiting

Stein shook the structure with grammatical catastrophes. McCarthy tore it apart and left it desolate. Hemingway wrote emotion without words. Faulkner was complex without feeling, and Joyce – well Joyce was eloquent in all things he wrote – but I want to strip it down to its arid bones, rip away the rancid fat and throw away the rot. I want to blow the dust from the dried carcass and find that what is underneath is all that’s necessary. I want to discover as Kerouac did, of himself, that I am a writer, and this is writing. This is art. Call it flash fiction, micro fiction, whatever. I think I will call it, because it is unwasteful writing, frugal fiction.

And still waiting

I live in Winston-Salem North Carolina where I practice frugal and unwasteful writing, or flash fiction as it is otherwise known. I am 43 years old. I am vegetarian. I have an old dog and two grown children. My children are away becoming educated adults. Judging by the turnip-greens still in her food dish, my dog is probably not vegetarian.

Here I am, having lost patience, writing to Godot


root dot gilmore at gmail dot com

13 comments on “Meet Root

  1. OH Godot! LOL. The infinite waiter. Hello, man with meat eating dog friend. Dogs know the meal magic of marrow found in bones….What more is there to say?

  2. Hi there, I’ve subscribed to your blog as I’m intrested to see what you can fashion out of your desires to examine all the great writers, and all of the writers you mentioned are great influences for me. I love your writing quotes in the side bar – all highly important things to keep in mind, and too often forgotten!

  3. Adria says:

    Deep thinker huh? Gateway girl

  4. kriseyes says:

    Thanks man for following my writing. You will keep me in noetic wonderment pondering why a devoted literature man is interested in the prose of a congenitally argumentative philosopher.

    • In hopes of bringing your noetic wonderment to some sort of satisfactory resolution, (or maybe it’s the ponderment that needs denouement), I’ll say that I enjoy your well-wrought sentences and I recognize good writing when I see it. Your sentences are well constructed and I glean from that, that you are serious about getting it right. I think that is important – getting it right. Words are the building-blocks of sentences. Sentences cement the foundation of ideas into paragraphs, stories, novels, etc. Anyone can write, but it takes a thing not tangible to write well.

  5. Java Girl says:

    Great post! I especially am fascinated by the quotes on the right hand side of your blog. Thanks for stopping by and reading one of my blog. I appreciate it! 🙂

  6. Jessica says:

    I love that this is categorized in your archives in September 1967. Excellent. Nice to meet you. Great quotes, and I like your stuff… Oh, and I’m a vegetarian, too. Well, almost. Sometimes I eat chicken.

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