Remarkable, how easy it is to ignore whatever obligation it may be I have to this here blog. I was thinking, actually, of kissing it good-bye on its birthday, which was back in September. But I didn’t, but was busy with my queries and all, and doing time as a substitute, and finding that every […]

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One of the joys of substitute teaching is that you get to see a lot of movies. The more recent Disney films? Dubbed into Spanish and so on, they are a staple of high school foreign language classes. Unfortunately, I understand Spanish, and can affirm that Disney is cloying in any language. By the time […]

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It is now five days, I see, since my last entry. I’d like to say that that’s because I’ve been hard at work on the new novel, but the truth is that I’ve been distracted by another assignment. The good news is that I may have an agent for Desert. I’ve been sending it out […]

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Let’s take another gander at a previously-noted quotation from Virginia Woolf: Thinking what to write, it seems easy; but the thought evaporates, runs hither and thither. Did she have ADD, too? Yesterday, I got down a truly pathetic grand total of 600 words. While acknowledging the possible trap of obsessing over word counts a la […]

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Many successful writers extol the benefits of writing something every day. Keeps you in form. Keeps the momentum going. Combats inertia. Well, I haven’t written a word since last Tuesday’s entry. Excuses? Of course I’ve got excuses. The school I was teaching my regular writing program at ended the year early, so Wednesday and Thursday […]

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Normally, the switch from daylight savings to normal time and vice versa (Which are we on now?  I can never keep track.) is occasion for grumbling all across this great land, but today, in Colorado Springs at least, everyone wore a smile.  Why?  Sixty-seven degrees of brilliant sunshine, bucko. It’s been a cold winter here, […]

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A college friend of mine told the story once about how he had been nicknamed ‘UM’ by one of his prep school teachers.  UM stood for ‘Underground Man,’ from the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground.  None of us to whom he was telling the story had read the book (Russian lit is not my […]

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We’ve had fantastic weather the past few days, so I’ve been getting out to hike and do some outside jobs around the house.  Today, for example, I repaired some rodent damage to the car.  A critter of an unknown species, but probably a rodent of some sort, had found its way into the engine compartment […]

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The first two cartons of books are coming by UPS, and they left the terminal at Hodgkins, Illinois today sometime after 2:24 PM, so they’re probably in eastern Kansas by now.  As Zero Hour approaches, people keep asking me why I don’t seem more excited.  About all I can say is that if I were […]

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