Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Eggemoggin Reach was flat as glass Tuesday morning when I drove over the Deer Isle Bridge to pick up Scout's motor in Stonington. We launched that afternoon, but by the time I headed out down Benjamin River it was blowing 30 knots WSW, Small Craft Advisory. Shouldn't have gone but I was under power, no sails up, and on a schedule--which is often a recipe for disaster. Made it to Center Harbor fine, but it was a wet and bumpy ride. Feeling salty and kinda beat-up but alive.

 We launch at Benjamin River, the Sedgwick side. Calm as anything earlier today.
Launch day couture. Comme il faut, as we say in the country formerly known as your ally.

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