2.   O Come All Ye Fawfoo

—John F. Wade, c.1743, O Come All Ye Faithful Charles Beaumont DeFries, aspiring novelist, ex-college-teacher, moderately success­ful technical writer, and newspaper columnist, pulls the last sheet of the chapter out of the printer, squints at it briefly through the bottoms of his bifocals, … Continue reading

4. Screw that lady

—The Isley Brothers, “Who’s That Lady?” Charles presses print and hears the printer wake up and begin spitting pages. He stretches and shakes himself. I think I’ve finally got it, he thinks. After numerous false starts he’s finally satisfied with his approach to the character of … Continue reading