Given my relatively low author profile, when I think about it I am awestruck at how many of my books have been bought over the years. But this 2020 is not just any year; these are extraordinary times.
Maybe as a consequence of my stance I don’t attract quite as many readers overall. I don’t care. My conscience is clear.
I opened in 2013 with a modern travel novel, and two sequels, set in the 1990s and written of course in our current day English. If you have been with me since before 2017, you know. If you don’t…
Yesterday was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday. He was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota…
Recalling his birthday led me to want to visit once more with a relatively random few of Twitter’s writers…
A few minutes of authoring fun.
These were written by a few of literature’s great authors, who have been read for generations so far and are likely to be read for many generations to follow us.
Note the highlighted sentence in each picture.
On Sunday night Father Face-timed me from Pennsylvania saying a woman from Prague phoned and left a message. (No, “A Woman from Prague” is not a book or story title. It could be, though.) She was evidently looking for me. But I have never even been to Prague.
Yesterday I was pretty harsh about some “writing chat” on Twitter. That was in the context of those who use the platform for – I feel – professional exposure, yet appear to back away from actually saying much of anything truly substantive. A writer must never be fearful and bland.
That tweeting “editor” reminded me – again – why I find Twitter largely a waste of time in terms of serious efforts at writing discussions.
I should probably have better anticipated what was coming here. Within moments I could not but think that Succession is based on the Murdoch clan crossed with the Trumps.
Hi everyone. I needed that few weeks’ break. It is time to return here and to that which we love: BOOKS!
I know I “changed” during 2017, and I realize I never asked readers, nor really even much wondered aloud on here, if you as a reader would be “happy” about that “shift.”
Perhaps six and a half years is simply too long in one blog place and I have worn out my welcome?
Obviously casual international travel is not happening currently. Thinking back, before air travel, and particularly before steamships (like Titanic), in the age of sail reaching Europe from the U.S. regularly took 4-6 weeks and longer. (If the ship did not sink and you made it alive.) Short getaways were unknown naturally…
Me: “It is great to be able to socialize with people in person again.”
Try to “prove” history itself. As an exercise, I regularly asked new history and politics students to “prove” yesterday actually even occurred.