Pages, Facebook & Chrysler

Wrote my three pages this morning. The first sentence of the new scene “Nate landed in Memphis with no idea what to do” reveals exactly how I felt when I picked up my pen. I had no idea how to make my scene happen. I just knew his goal (to find a murderer). I wrote anyway and made a little progress. That always happens. Write and the ideas will come.

Life isn’t quite so simple.

Yesterday I spent some time familiarizing myself with Facebook and connecting with friends already there. I decided to use my wall to do Twitter-sized posts about what is happening or what I am feeling in the moment. They won’t be writing related; that’s the point. Today I wrote about Al going back to work after being laid off for two months.

It was far from the whole story. Am glad I read the news AFTER I wrote my pages today, as I saw this on BBC: 

The auto task force appointed by Mr Obama released two reports on Monday on the financial health of both carmakers, saying that Chrysler was “not viable” in its current form.

It demanded a merger with Italy’s Fiat or another carmaker if Chrysler was to survive and said the Obama administration would only provide the company working capital for the next 30 days.

Current mood: worried sick.

Yes, it was nice to have Al home, and it would be fine if he retired right now in the normal way. He has 34 years in, and he deserves this. But elsewhere in the article the word “bankrupcy” was mentioned, and if that happens, there goes the health care and the tidy little pension we’ve counted on our entire lives.

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