My stay at Civitella was very productive. I was extremely focused and gave myself a difficult task to accomplish: I wanted to write the beginnings of a novel. I came to Civitella with just about seven pages of notes for my novel project, currently titled,”$30,000 for 30,000 miles” and lots of music to listen to. The book explores the strange story of a jazz musician Sonny Williams, who violently beats up and hospitalizes a music critic, then calmly turns himself into the police. After his arrest he refuses to talk any further. This bizarre tale is pursued by a young freelance journalist who writes for Hip Hop publications and who has been threatened with death by a rapper.