Reading 2019

As we start the year, we all (probably) establish a budget for household expenses so we can save for those special things, like trips to the British Isles, a new car, unexpected medical bills. But do you plan ahead for what you want to read for the year? Of course, you can’t make infallible plans….

The Depths of THE BLUE BICYCLE

  It was my privilege last night to have a recorded chat with a representative of the Short Story Book Club, an Internet phenomenon, apparently based near Baltimore, Maryland. It went well, and I enjoyed it immensely. The focus was one of my books, The Blue Bicycle. Questions and comments about one of my works,…

The Great Divergence

This is the time of the winter season for looking back, hoping to put things into perspective. So I’ll be ending the year with posts providing a more or less philosophical look at literature and its bases as social phenomena. With that in mind, I’ll lay a little groundwork: In previous millennia, all aspects of…

When To Stop?

I’ve edited scads of manuscripts and had quite a few of mine edited. On the other side of the ledger, I belonged to a writing group for a couple of years who didn’t believe manuscripts should be edited by anyone other than the writer. Doing so would bastardize the story. And editing can be hard…

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,…

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,…