Slept in a little. As did kids. Made them both breakfast downstairs, Jack some cereal and Emmie a bagel. Then they back to play. I get an idea for a novel, or story, or something. I need time to write, I say to myself. Start a new doc on lap—NO, don’t do that. Reminding self of no new anything’s. Use what you have. So I tear off the yellow pages used on legal pad to left, and start jotting notes, world and life of a character in Redwood City. Real Estate Agent, commercial mostly. Very what you’d lament as successful. In the business for over 20 years. One night goes to a function at hotel, one side of floor, or one room on one side, a real estate gala for top producers and fancy glossy shiny characters showing off all their money and what they’ve done, their numbers and what not while on the other side is an event of over a hundred small family producers. The character, Eric, buys a ticket on the spot to get into the wine event. He sees all these small producers from Sonoma, Napa, Mendo, Carmel, Santa Barbara and the areas surrounding…. Lake County even, and sees the simplicity of it. The family framing of it. He’s always taken to wine, “collected” I guess you’d say, but never appreciated the love and family, the farming nature and step to wine. He decides to take a step back, down… at first he wants to sell his business, or just quit and get out. But no…. he wants use real estate to aid and abet and beget his wine sight. He wants that… may be too late in life for a family for him, single and 45-ish, but he wants the vineyard(s), the walks, he wants to be around family wineries, family people… THIS, whatever it is…..
Just an idea at this point, born in quarantine. Raining outside, sipping my second cup. Going to do some budgeting and more noting of this Eric’s echo and rush toward wine and being what he said. Jack bounces a dying and deflating balloon around me… Jack calls to Emma, she yells down, “What you need me fo’?…. You call my name loud.” She says. Jack tells her she’s hearing things, I laugh, ask what he wants… he tells me a PS4. I say, “No dude, from Starbucks. They don’t have PS4’s at Starbucks, bro..”
“Dada… hold on, don’t look yet…” Jack says behind me. Me, a bit nervous, agree to wait. “Say hi to my new friend…” he says, then showing me a face drawn with permanent on the balloon and a hat on the character’s head. He has fangs and am told he’s 4 years-old, he loves watching baseball and loves the Angels, Jack furthers. Jack reads what I just wrote, I edit from his reading noting slight flaws and exposures in the prose’s complexion. I look out the window again, back to my Eric notes. Finish a goddamn book, I remind myself… this quarantine is just what a writer needed to finish a book. Not stopping this new journal, but noting that I’m noting new notes for another world and thesis, new voice and sight, climate and cause.