In 1977, 44-year-old director Roman Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. The charges included rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. Polanski pled “not guilty” to all charges, then later accepted a plea deal in exhange for a lesser charge. When he learned he was likely going to be imprisoned and face deportation, he fled to France the following February, where he has been ever since.
Many years ago, I dated a woman whose father had physically and verbally abused her, which she did not admit to me until nearly a year into our relationship. I was concerned with my partner’s mood swings, especially as Bipolar Disorder was common in her family and my best friend was a sufferer, but she visited the doctor and was not diagnosed as such.
I write about writing, nearly an article a day on the craft that, in part, pays my bills and keeps food on the table. Yet, as much as I write, I read about writing that much more.
My dog, KOKO, is very well-behaved and lovable but also anti-social. When she sees another dog on a leash, her light brown hair from neck to tail stands on end, giving the appearance of turning dark. She becomes highly-agitated and begins to bark.
I was nine when I was bitten by the bug. The year was 1973.