Stoneman Douglas Student Activists

February 28th, 2018 → 5:40 am

King Lear:  “So young and so untender?”

Cordelia:  “So young, my lord, and true.”  – King Lear

A year into the Trump presidency I still find it hard to read the newspaper and follow the latest political shenanigans.  But the recent activism of the Stoneman Douglas surviving students is giving me hope.  Untender, in your face, and speaking the truth.  That’s exactly what this country needs.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Writing & Editing, Editing & Writing

February 18th, 2018 → 6:27 am

“A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit.” – Twelfth Night

I’m busy waking early every morning, editing draft 5 of my latest novel.  I just reworked the opening scene to one of the middle chapters.  It feels good, I think things flows better now.  But crafting the perfect sentence is hard!  I can agonize over it for hours!  Writing is most definitely an art.  As difficult and messy as I imagine working cheveril was for Shakespeare’s father.  But when done right, a sentence’s beauty can take your breath away.

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

Westward Ho!

February 12th, 2018 → 6:46 am

    “Then westward ho!
    Grace and good disposition attend your ladyship!” – Twelfth Night

‘Westward ho!’ was the cry of Thames watermen to attract westward bound passengers from London to Westminster.  The phrase sounds so American to me, however.  Westward ho, young man!  Go West and make something of yourself!

I am not headed out West today, but I did finally return to my latest novel.  Opened the dust-caked notes and began the long awaited edit of Draft #5.  I purposely give myself space between drafts so as to let the material appear fresh again, but sometimes it’s hard.  I’ve been wanting to get back to this for weeks now.  I’m so excited!!

Filed under: Blog & Other & Self/My Life

Black History Month

February 3rd, 2018 → 5:01 am

“There is a history in all men’s lives…” – Henry IV, Part II

And this month we celebrate Black History, in the U.S. at least.  Did you know that some countries celebrate it in October?  I didn’t.  Let’s all learn something new this month, and not be as ignorant as the Trumps.

Filed under: Blog & Other