"Late-bloomer sunset over Lake Champlain, August 12, 2022." By Howard Fielding. Offered under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Week in Review: Week 32

Reading Time: 2 minutes

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:

"Late-bloomer sunset over Lake Champlain, August 12, 2022." By Howard Fielding. Offered under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
“Late-bloomer sunset over Lake Champlain, August 12, 2022.” By Howard Fielding. Offered under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

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 …

“Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable, 1956.” By Howard Fielding. Offered under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

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

  • A lovely day, 1979

    A lovely day, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes The word itself is, well, lovely, but it’s weak and nondescriptive. Yet Irving Berlin used it on at least two songs. (With videos).

  • In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 3

    In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 3

    Reading Time: 2 minutes I was also job-hunting for work in a compatible field. I procrastinated about which path to take, job or freelance. I couldn’t see the third path: to do both.

  • Watching the personal clock, 1979

    Watching the personal clock, 1979

    Reading Time: < 1 minutes But I can’t help but wonder whether I’m going to have the time to get down to writing. My personal clock … isn’t set for that yet.

  • ‘Girls of the Ivy League,’ 1979

    ‘Girls of the Ivy League,’ 1979

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Freedom of choice includes the freedom to make bad choices, choices that we might regret someday. Would I tell that to my own daughters? I have.

  • Channeling ‘Animal House’: Delta debut, 1979

    Channeling ‘Animal House’: Delta debut, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes It was the rightful family heir to “Animal House,” with most of the same production team and cast. Why wasn’t an instant success?

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