Theodore Roosevelt once wrote that if someone is “not familiar with the Bible, he has suffered a loss.” For an author, that is doubly true.
Macmillan, British Prime Minister from 1957-1963, once remarked that he felt he had to contend with two types of “anti-Britishness” among Americans, and especially among US officials…
Seeing that post from her made me smile.
But there are always idiots out there, of course. Minutes after the defeat, I got a Twitter reminder.
My guess is I have a modest flow of new novel readers only because as I have kept writing books I have also made sure I have regularly posted on my blog here: the two go hand in hand.
Cricket and baseball may have evolved from the same source(s), but they are now distinctive games and are in fact national cultural emblems of sorts.
Am I just ridiculously sentimental? That’s probably why I’ve become a writer. I suppose we all are sentimental in some form or another.
He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.
Ironically in the 1780s and 1790s Americans here in England, or in France, or in Spain, or in the Netherlands, often mixed in such places for the first time with fellow Americans from other US states.
Here’s a suggestion of something to try if you are one of those and still claim you don’t know what you want to write about.
It had been built in the 1870s by a minor “gentry” family that lived in it until the 1920s. Learning that, suddenly I wasn’t thinking about the 1940s. About now, the writer in me also emerged.
I advise anyone now to be cautious, very cautious, on Twitter. The only reason I have not deleted my account is because I do like engaging carefully with decent people when possible. And many readers now expect authors to have Twitter accounts.
On Sunday, a writer on Instagram “tagged” me asking me to explain myself: “If truth be told.” Hmm. I don’t normally do tags. However, she’s a good Instagrammer and writer, so I decided I would this time.
If you have had experiences such as my family has had (and yours may have had too), you learn that there are those times that nothing can be done by others to stop self-destruction.
My first Kindle reader years ago (it was one of Amazon’s first Kindles) had the capability to “speak” the text electronically. You may remember, or even still have one.