“Observe perpetually,” Virginia Woolf said, by which I’m sure she meant, “keep your ears open too.” When I overheard this one-sided conversation, I was stunned–is this person really saying these things? Then, quickly, I picked up my pencil and started jotting it all down. I guess that makes me a writer! I didn’t add to her remarks, just tidied & organized it as a whole and thought some publisher of vignettes, like Vine Leaves, would like it. They did & published “In Loving Memory” in their July issue, here (on page 26).
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A gem, ably panned (as gold from a stream) from a torrent of noise. Nicely done!
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Alice Lowe “observes perpetually” in loving memory of Virginia Woolf.
You are a terrific observer, Alice.
Alice — You are a writer I want to get to know. We are both published in the spring/summer Soundings Review. I read your piece and thought, this is my kind of woman, the challenging-yet-similar kind. I have been contemplating a tattoo for some years. Your piece decided me, and gave me an idea about a personal essay, something about the wig, the graduation shoes and a tattoo. Thank you.
wow, if we could only hear ourselves! What an unique & enlightening exposure! Really enjoyed your creative impulse, Alice, to write the “observed” down.