Dancer on the Sand
The Peggy Yacyniak Story
Late last year, after I learned of Peggy’s death in 1999, I started to reassemble the novel I first started to write about her in 1987. This differs from the journals I wrote at the time because it makes use of a significant amount of notes I took that were intended to be used as a novel. While some of its is speculative, every bit of it is real in important ways, except that in the novel, I condensed events, and at times, take events out of order for dramatic effect.
In reassembling the novel, I also did additional research and so this became a much different work than the one I intended to write in 1987 when I presumed that somehow by writing it I could some how save her from herself.
While I’m still not completely certain about some of the relationships, I am satisfied that this work best represents who Peggy was and my feelings about her.
I wrote another novel using her as a character called “Paterson,” but that is a complete fictional account, and one I had intended to sell as a pot boiler.
Since in reassembling this work, I hand wrote the final draft, it will take me time to post it all, so I will be posting them a chapter at a time.