Don DeLillo said, “It’s my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I’ve written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don’t know.” Many sources indicate that works of fiction should be between 60K and 90K words, with thrillers … Continue reading Going to great lengths…
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as … Continue reading Which way ought I go from here…?
Doctors largely consider disabilities as something to mend. Physiotherapists refer to 'patients', even when they're not ailing. Some clergymen will have believers think an impairment is the wrath of God. And the ordinary man in the street will generally express pity and sorrow. Yes, being on wheels, I too am often perceived as stunted, limited, … Continue reading Depressing disability…
"All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography," said J. M. Coetzee. And Gloria Vanderbilt was quoted stating: "All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides." My experiencesMy knowledgeMy thoughts I too write … Continue reading A bit of me in all
Agatha Christie said: “Everyone is a potential murderer - in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill - though not the will to kill.” Books by the Queen of Crime are a delight to read, but there are so many more novelists that entertain with their depictions of murder. The New York Times asked … Continue reading My favourite murder?
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough", said Mark Twain. Whether in eating, drinking or anything else, the general consensus seems to be that, too much of anything is not good. Except for Mark Twain's good whiskey or Scott Fitzgerald's Champagne (same quote, different drink). Though alcohol can … Continue reading Too much of a good thing
A time of reflections, 2019 was a year of transition. No book release, but plenty of background work. But 2020 will see the release of DEATH IS A RIDDLE and I'm hugely looking forward to it. What happened in 2019? The biggest news of 2019 was probably my coming out. Insiders knew FAAS KRAMER is … Continue reading Rewind and Forward