The Writing Life,
Annie Dillard wrote,
I have been looking into schedules. Even when we read physics, we inquire of each least particle, What then shall I do this morning? How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.
On the first of each month, a guest writer shares how he or she spends the day.
November 1, 2012: Darrelyn Saloom
On book tour in Ireland
(Patrick Kavanagh and Deirdre Gogarty on the left)
Darrelyn has been a faithful reader and commenter since July 22, 2009! (I looked it up.) And now her first book is published! My Call to the Ring is the memoir of Deirdre Gogarty, a girl who wanted to box and then who wanted to be the first Irish woman to become world champion. And My Call to the Ring is more than just a book about a girl who wants to box; it’s the story of how to make your dreams come true. Here’s an excerpt:
Never take your eyes off your opponent is a golden rule of boxing, and my sparring partner has just broken it. So with a sharp twist of my hips, I strike his nose with a left hook. Blood splatters across the teenager’s face, and a drop of blood lands in my mouth. I batter his damaged nose with left hooks and right hands. Then I fire a right uppercut, which he falls into, his expression twisted.
Near the end of three rounds, Pentony bends at the waist, so I club his ribs with left and right roundhouses. At the sound of the bell, I am intoxicated with the new shift of power between us. My sparring partner storms out of the ring. I lean on the ropes and watch him shove toilet paper up his nose.
Come back on November 1st to read how Darrelyn Saloom spends her days.