And try not to sound so damned yankee! Not the typical advice from a law professor perhaps, but she hadn’t asked for advice on interpreting some obscure community property ruling. Her need on this sweltering Mississippi afternoon was for advice on how to talk to the judge who would rule on her punishment for the traffic ticket.
Just a tidbit from a new story that I’m trying to decide what to do with. Its theme may fit into the “that’s what I love about the south” category, but it really points to a whole thing about my writing. Somehow from my love of southern writers, it seems I’ve always wanted to be a “southern writer from New England.” I don’t know that New England stories could ever have the rich characters and distinctive story telling style of the southerners, but my youth was filled with people that we thought of as ordinary. It turns out that when viewed from a distance, they provide some pretty intriguing story material.