There is something special about a real live, out of the blue surprise. Every now and then it's actually a pleasant thing, this crazy shaft of light out of no where. In my writing career it's happened to me twice. No. That's a lie. In writing, to one degree or another, every time I sit … Continue reading Something of a Surprise
Here is what I'm thinking: In the months since I finished writing The Terror of Tijuana, my work effort has been, if I'm being honest, hit or miss at best. This is not all straight laziness and negligence, but those are certainly big components. There were other elements in play, and everything seemed to come … Continue reading A Notion
Here's what's happening in frigid Central New York at present! First of all, my new pup Miles has nearly doubled in size since we got him. He may have doubled in cuteness as well. I'm less sure about that because I don't have an accurate tool to measure cuteness. I guess I'll let you decide. … Continue reading Things That Need To Happen
I wrote recently about the feelings that come about after I've sent a book off to the publisher, about how it was a mixed bag and whatnot. All of that is true of course because I wouldn't lie to you. But now that a little time has passed I wanted to revisit the subject because … Continue reading The Inter-Book Agenda
The phrase "going downhill" carries with it a mainly negative connotation. We use it to denote failing health: How's Pops? He's going downhill fast. I don't know if he'll last the night. Just in case you were wondering, that's a direct quote from my own children, spoken on an almost daily basis. The truth … Continue reading Going Downhill
As I've gotten older I've found that high among my life's greatest treasures are the relationships I have forged over the years. I know all sorts of people from all walks of life. Some I've known for forty years or more, some have come into my life only recently. Some share my concerns about the president. But some feel that he is, truly, just what America (and, I suppose, the world) needed at this point in history. And some, (and I envy these folks sometimes) don't give a crap either way.