A New Project

I’ve always stumbled in where angels fear to tread, and so I’ve recently taken on my first major client as a publisher. I had, some years ago judged a writing contest, and a certain writer’s work stood out far above the rest. Time passed and she approached me with a project dear to her heart,…

Democracy Down, Autocracy Up

Fear, by Bob Woodward To be honest, I was a little disappointed in this book. I had read about the hours of interviews, the digging for facts by this co-exposer of the 1970s Watergate scandal, and, I admit, I was expecting political dirt of the highest order. What the British dossier held. The so-called pee…

Writer’s Tip #2

Despite the growing fame of alternative facts, and perhaps it’s part of the human urge in the early 21st century for meaning, readers crave authenticity nowadays. And the subject matter doesn’t really matter, as long as what’s written is real. Philip Roth, in one of his novels, felt compelled to write a mini-treatise on gloves,…

So You Want To Be A Writer

So you ‘re thinking that writing would be a great gig; you would be your own boss, forget “The Man,” and make a bunch of money. All you’d have to do is make up stories, which would be sorta like lying, the talent you used to have with your Mom when she figured you were…

The Strengths of a Few Good People

I rarely do this, humble creature that I am, but this book deserves not to be lost in the print-pile of so many writerly aspirations out there. WE ARE STRONG BUT WE ARE FRAGILE was written in the run-up to a presidential election, the story a cautionary tale of a society devolved because the wrong…

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

I grumble here quite a bit about the state of creative writing in the U.S., don’t I? And that sets me to considering what’s behind my grumpiness. One of my best finds in literature in the past fifteen years or so is that of South Africa. South Africa, you’d say? Yes. Check out this list,…