Finally, an opportunity to write! I apologize to my blogging readers, but that’s what I’m here for, after all. I’ve been able to put in full days on the Houdini/Margery play-within-a-book. At the moment I’m on chapter 9 of Part 1. Part 2 is the finished play itself, which I more or less completed a year ago. More on that as it develops.
Still, I do take time off from typing to enjoy the sunsets, like this one:
Observations: Only one post this week, but I thought it would prove thought-provoking as well as bright. I was right. Several people commented on the shoes-on-or-shoes-off question. That reminded me to try to ask questions to elicit responses at the end of a post. I back-edited some previous ones as a result.
Interaction: That interaction was entirely on my Facebook page, so you won’t see it here. One Friend commented that she can be protective about newly cleaned carpets. Eventually she reaches a certain level of ennui, or perhaps wee-wee, as bladder urgency takes precedence over ditching the shoes. Another enjoys the freedom of bare-footin’ at home. A third opts for slippers. (I’m not sure whether he, like Sherlock Holmes, went for the whole slippers-and-pipe thing.) Our daughter-in-law from India says that her family dons flip-flops (called Hawaiian flip-flops over there) around the house. A sensible solution.
Professional development: I continued listening to the podcast about writing a novel, and picked up a number of useful tips among the general advice. And I’m pressing on with William Zinsser’s “Writing With a Word Processor” just for the fun of it, and a possible review.
This just in …
Oh, yes, and then there’s this new arrival as of noontime today. This is a 1956 Royal Quiet Deluxe manual portable typewriter, the same model Ian Fleming used when writing his James Bond books at “Goldeneye.” Appropriately, his typewriter was also golden.
What color is mine? I’ll let you know when I spill the whole story in a few days.
Next week: More work on “Harry Houdini and the Witch of Beacon Hill,” plus a post on why I’m following in Fleming’s fingertips. Stay tuned!
In case you missed it …
Reading Time: 2 minutes Not contacting the state offices was practically journalistic malpractice. You need to get the official word, even if it’s “no comment.”
A good time for groundwork, 1979
Reading Time: 2 minutes I had visions of collecting my school essays into books of criticism about how not to write papers. Does that sound like what I’m doing here?
Puff and fluff, 1979
Reading Time: 2 minutes Any local news editor understands the delicate balance between what readers and advertisers expect and what you think is important.
In Other Words … Season 2, Episode 19
Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people don’t even have the time or focus for an entire book. The culture of short videos and podcasts has taken over, to our detriment.
Top-of-the-head inventory, 1979
Reading Time: 2 minutes “Items in Stock” was, in truth, a misnomer. Some were complete, or ready for a final draft or a rewrite. Others were ideas or characters in search of a plot.
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