I was supposed to return to writing tomorrow, 7 August, with the goal of finally completing PAINTEDPEOPLE in complete solitude with no distractions in the next 30 days...but my little brother (Darrin Jefferson) and his girlfriend (Ann) have now invited big brother TheCharles up to their house for few days in Myrtle Beach. They re-painting and refurbishing a guest room for my arrival...Perhaps, I'll write it there but ...since it's Myrtle Beach with some 15 million tourists from all over-- I can't imagine myself sitting still long enough to concentrate on writing when I would rather be out...photographing every perfect moment. However, one mad all-nighter with lots of coffee!!! and cigaretteS and walking back and forth and typing and walking back and forth again and dramatizing scenes all alone and putting that on paper is all it takes.
All these memories though visiting Johnsonville and Kingsburg and St. Luke Woods and so much sad beauty in what was and is no more has inspired a new story in my brain of a romantic/horror centered around St. Luke and St. Mark ...something like a Wuthering Heights novel by Emily Bronte where St. Luke is like Thrushcoss Grange, estate of the richer, snobby family (the Lintons--Isabel and Edgar) and the poorer and sinister estate of Wuthering Heights with black adopted Heathcliff and the Earnshaws, including devilish Catherine who marries rich Edgar Linton to empower Heathcliff after his abuse by the Earnshaws whom Catherine only loves more than Life but she loses Heathcliff to lonely Isabel in what becomes a hateful and abusive marriage arrangement since Heathcliff abhors and aims to destroy Isabel and esp. Edgar for marrying Catherine Earnshaw who is truly Heathcliff's evil soulmate, represents St. Mark...to be darker (Gothic!) ominous place with lots of Spanish moss draped over avenues of Live Oak trees...
A period novel??? set though, in America's JIm Crow age...would require much research.