The Writing Life

These are the tools of my trade. I have written in spiral-bound notebooks, college-ruled, for a long time. They are always of varying colors. Red, yellow, blue, purple, black. Never green. I write with a Zebra F-402 ballpoint pen, black ink. The work is written in longhand, in the notebooks, before it is typed onto the computer. The sound of a pen scratching against a page is one of my favorite sounds. One of those beautiful, lonely sounds that goes in deep. No matter what is written inside these notebooks, I always title them “Sketches/Impressions,” in black Sharpie. I have filled hundreds of these notebooks over the years, and keep them stored in plastic bins. I consider it a record of my spiritual longing here on earth. I am a fan and practioner of ritual, especially of my own making. My love affair with writing began when I was a young boy in Brooklyn, and has never stopped. I am grateful for this calling. One day I will be dead and gone, poof. But know that I was here, for a little while. And I gave everything I could to writing. Know that you are here for a little while. Do what you love. Your heart will rejoice.

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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