A few weeks ago, my wife asked me to pick up a book for her at Barnes and Nobel. The title of the book is Being Mortal (probably a subject many of us have either written about or a least thought about in our personal life). The author is a medical doctor, Atul Gawande, who has written several books (and is a staff writer for the New Yorker).
Being Mortal is a unique look at humans as we age and suddenly find ourselves in a "frail" condition causing changes to occur in our daily lives. He offers some possible explanations for those changes through observations of people he knows personally as well as his patients. In my opinion, this is a good read for anyone no matter what your current age.
In a few of my past blogs I talked about joining writer groups to help with critiques and support information for your work in progress. Another way to get help and support is to share information via social media. So a couple of things about "blogging."
A few weeks ago I purchased a book called "Blogging For Writers" and was amazed to read comments, stories, and suggestions that motivated me to make some changes to my blog. If you use Blogger or WordPress, this reference may give you a few ideas to launch a blog, or just improve one that you may already have.
If you enjoy blogging and reading other writers thoughts on writing, you may want to look at M.Louisa Lock's blog. She is the author of the San Francisco Mystery Series. Another good blog to visit for comparison, is Elizabeth Spann Craig's.
And one last item. If you find a blog you enjoy, subscribe. That way you are notified of the newest blogs as they hit the internet.
I was watching an interesting program on the History Channel a couple of weeks ago when it dawned on me that I have lots and lots of photos I could share on my blog. The theme of the show I watched was "The Curse of Bodie," which really seems to exist. To activate the curse, all one needs to do is visit the town, then take home a keepsake (which will soon rain down bad karma until the keepsake is returned).
The town as it stands today allows us to look back into history without living under the harsh conditions endured by its earliest inhabitants.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all knew each and every aspect of good writing? Looking back at the masters, I wonder if they knew exactly what they were doing, or if perhaps they may have been making up the rules as they went along.
Today, we can delve into this cataclysm of knowledge by taking classes that can present much of the tried and true methods that work or have been tried and failed; but the real key is the drive of the writer. There are many writers driven to write the next Pulitzer Prize winning novel, but for each one of them, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousand who write just for the sake of telling a story. That story could be based on fact or pure fiction, it doesn't matter, its still a story, one that haunts the writer until he or she has satisfied that inner desire to share it with you and I.
Are you that type of person? Are you motivated by some inner desire to tell the world a story? If you are, you are in good company!
In my June 19th 2014 post, I discussed my early years of guitar lessons. As I grew up, my love for the guitar declined, but never completely faded. I still have my Dad's old Melophonic, but thanks to my neighbor (and Master Luthier) Leonard Paschini, it looks, sounds, and plays like it never has.
Just this past week our local newspaper, The Nevada Appeal, ran an interesting article about Leonard. His musical interest spans several decades. Professionally, he was known as "Pooch" during his days as lead guitarist with BitterSeeds, a local band in California. As my neighbor, he is a musical icon, now specializing in acoustic guitar work such as jazz, blues, and classical arrangements.
As a Master Luthier, Leonard takes on all types of custom work. Take a look at his restoration of my Dad's 1920-1930ish Melophonic Resonator.
That's it for now. Hopefully you have enjoyed this little tidbit—more later.