I used to make my writing students write 300 words a day. I attempt to do this myself, though I find my 300 words landing all over the place: in hand-written journals, or on Facebook, or in emails. I’ve done it in my blog as well, though in recent years I’ve almost disappeared there. I’m attempting to nudge myself back – away from the evanescent life of Facebook and into something a bit more enduring and thoughtful. So here is Night Blind, my blog – named, of course, for my retinal limitations as well as for my novel. Having a hard time seeing in the dark creates hassles in reality, and also serves as a metaphor for the difficulties of being a writer. E.L. Doctorow famously said, "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you make the whole trip that way."
You may notice the author of Night Blind is Macy Swain. This is one of my pseudonyms. I used to feel the need to be somebody else sometimes. Now I’m pretty content to just be Jan Worth-Nelson, but out of respect for this other persona of mine, I think I’ll let Macy Swain stay in the world.