POEM IN OCTOBER

What better way to celebrate October than with Dylan Thomas’ outstandingly ecstatic Poem in October It was my thirtieth year to heaven Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood And the mussel pooled and the heron Priested shore The morning beckon With water praying and call of seagull and rook And the knock … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR OCTOBER 2018

Wise words from Tom Clancy: “I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” “Writing isn’t inspired — it’s hard work.” “The one talent that’s indispensable to a writer is persistence.” “Success is a finished book . . . . If you reach that point, you have … Continue reading

FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

“Now I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is. Why must we go on hating, why can’t we live in bliss. ‘Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train. Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again. Oh peace train sounding louder, Glide on the … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

“I’ve always subscribed to the notion that a writer always has something else to say, and the more you write, the more you have to write about, because the act of writing is self-generating.” “Fiction is an escape, a parallel life, and it was a powerful source of comfort for me when my own life … Continue reading

REMEMBERING JOHN McCAIN

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.” — John McCain I did not agree with Senator McCain on many issues, but he was the last true Republican standing, a man of integrity, dignity and intelligence– except perhaps for that Sarah Palin thing! For thirty years letters, post … Continue reading

FOR THE INCOMPARABLE ARETHA FRANKLIN – RIP

“I will always be singing somewhere.”  —  Aretha Franklin

JAMES McCONKEY’S COURT OF MEMORY

James McConkey, Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature, emeritus, at Cornell, is the author or editor of fifteen books, among them his meditative nonfiction narrative, Court of Memory, a work that falls between fiction and memoir, and might be called an autobiographical novel. The great Ray Bradbury has said that McConkey “writes prose the only way … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR AUGUST 2018

This month’s writer’s quote comes from English novelist David Stephen Mitchell (b 1969), best known for his novel Cloud Atlas (2004), which was  shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and made into a movie in 2012. “A novel is like a pair of cargo pants. A short story is more like Lycra bike shorts.” “Rewriting … Continue reading

ROB COWEN’S COMMON GROUND

Rob Cowen’s beautifully written book, Common Ground, was among my research reading for a WIP. An award-winning British journalist, Cowen explores with meticulous detail a bit of edge-land — a tangle of wood, meadow, field and river — on the outskirts of his hometown of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Cowen’s writing is precise, poetic and intense. Here … Continue reading

ROBERT MACFARLANE’S LANDMARKS

Some time back I finished reading Robert Macfarlane’s Sunday Times bestseller, Landmarks. Macfarlane is the author of several outstanding books about landscape and language. In Landmarks, he explores the linguistic and literary terrain of Great Britain, Shetlands to Cornwall. The book has been described as “a joyous meditation on land and language”, which it is. … Continue reading

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