From the collection Writing Notebook 2021, published in 2022.
From the weekly staff meeting:
mystery writer and characters
(Listen. The author is speaking.
The characters sit in various postures
around the conference table.)
So the itching killed him. Now you
You grab that stomping good bowl of granola and
sit down. How about a jelly doughnut
He’s still dead
It’s raspberry. Trust me.
So he’ll never say another word
but I will.
Breakfast. Eat. Itch. Die.
That’s what happens in chapter two.
Now that I’ve explained it
both of you there
you get your things together
Pack’em up. Or pack it in –
however you like to think of it –
you are written off and written out
of the book
In other words you are
Sorry. But chapter three
needs some room in it.
That’s all for today.
See the rest of you here next week.