02 January, 2009


So, a few people have responded. Some say I should just start posting the chapters. At 60 years old I am still unused to the practice of calling attention to myself. My intention here is to get enough people interested in reading the novel to make it worthwhile posting the chapters. How many is enough? I don't know. Maybe 25.

So how to scare up 25 readers? Perhaps you have a suggestion.

I'll tell you a little about the book. It first germinated around 1970 when I cowrote a song with David West, called "Claudia Queen of the Sea." But it didn't feel like Claudia's story was fully told, so I wrote another song, "Wilbo's Second Song the Claudia," in which I introduced Claudia's love interest as a guy named Wilbo. Then it didn't feel like Wilbo's story was told, so I wrote a third song called "Wilbo's Third Song to Nobody in Particular."

Over a period of about 30 years, Wilbo's (and Claudia's) story slowly took form in a subroom of my imagination. Finally in 2003 it had completely arrived and I started to talk it out into a little hand held tape recorder during lunch-break walks while working as a Lab Director at a wastewater treatment plant.

The story is set in 1973 in an unnamed California coastal city based loosely on Santa Cruz. Wilbo is an aging hippie and street performer who undergoes a spiritual transformation in a period of about two weeks. In a snapshot at the end of the story he looks the same as he did when it started out, but the reader has been through the changes with him and knows there is a completely new man hidden inside.

If it is autobiographical it is only allegorically.

Please provide some feedback, a thumbs up if you want to read it. It's not that long and I think the experience will be painless.