Thursday, January 16, 2014

Admiring The Moon Over The Capital

The journey from Kamakura to Kyoto takes twelve days. If you travel for eleven but stop with only one day remaining, how can you admire the moon over the capital?

- A letter written in February 1280 by the Buddhist monk, Nicherin Daishonin encouraging a devotee, Niike Saemon-no-jo to continue on in faith.

Carola spent years at this desk, in this room, at her computer, Jupiter often sleeping nearby in the blue chair. Many works came out of that space.  Then one day a new story began.

"I started feeling my way into this book so long ago, I can't even remember when it was, but I think it was 2000.  I put it aside for a while, then came back, and so on," she said.

For us, 'and so on' was the the jangling of keys and the quiet walk sometimes heard on the way to this room. It was greetings rushing by, or a brief break over tea or coffee.  It was a glimpse through the crack of the door of a journey being taken.

Then, one day, 'and so on' became an announcement in Publisher's Marketplace:

Carola Dibbell's THE ONLY ONES, an edgy, intimate, and haunting portrait of a unique mother-daughter relationship in a post-pandemic world, is set for publication in March 2015, by Two Dollar Radio.

Her debut novel is scheduled to come out a month before her 70th birthday.

The moon over the capital looks so beautiful.  How, then, could any of us, following her footsteps, stop on the eleventh day?


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