Archive | December, 2011

IN VINO VERITAS

2 Dec

 

Is it me, or is all about the money, the fame, and the glory? Maybe it’s the way the words leap from the page, or the perfection of a paired sentence, or even the framing of an inordinately-chiselled phrase. There again, perhaps that is what the craft is all about; the sculpting, the rhythm, the rhyme, the positioning of the prose. I know we are chasing dreams but surely the dream is more immediate. Here it lies at the end of one’s pen – clear, concise, brilliant; in and of itself – unbound, unrecognized, unpublished, and yet foiled by it’s own perfect iridescence. There she be; the apple of my eye , the offspring of my extraordinary exertion. Should I not be satisfied? Do I need to reach the dizzying heights of the NY Times bestseller list or the lofty peaks of the randomly selected or the Oprah-recommended?

This may sound, or rather read a little jaded, but I think I am coming to the profound discovery that it truly is about the writing and not the readership. Sure I can hammer out eighty thousand words, but does that make me a writer, or does that make me just a writer? The craft is everything; if it’s good, everybody will notice. If it ain’t, then print out three hundred copies of whatever indelicate scribblings you have and sell them to the highest bidder. If like me you prefer to hone, chip, carve, and raise your wordage to Everistian or even Dickensian verbage, then do as I do and remain in the back rooms. There is a lot to be said for a dimly lit desk rather than the all-encompassing narcissism of the public spot light.

It’s about the writing and nothing else. You write because you have to, not because you’re going to generate a following.
Don’t write to print, write because you must, and because it matters.

When all those around you are self-promoting, and yet you remain true to the craft, then my son, one day you too will be recognized as a writer.

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THANKYOU KATE

2 Dec

Pleasently surprised to find myself nominated for GLORY at ~ Absolutely*Kate’s blog site AT THE BIJOU…

NOIR Pause for (drumroll please)

 PUSHCART Nominations

~ AT THE BIJOU ~ 

** DO IT RIGHT ** DO IT BIG ** GIVE IT CLASS *** NOW PLAYING *** WRITERS’ RAVES * FOR * READERS’ FAVES **

 

Luscious Ladies and Genteel Gents who have been gracing our red velvet seats AT THE BIJOU for the past two years ~

The lingering mood of the painting above (available, fittingly at artist Uncle Shlomo’s Pushcart sitespeaks to me, solitary on its reflective pier, as the author’s mind. Alone but full, where words come to life and purvey their chance encounter to reach reader, to turn pages, to hold interest, to inspire, to leave rapt or to evoke a well-placed chortle. 

We have experienced all that AT THE BIJOU with the stunning authors gracing our virtual stage of stories and reflections. Truly ‘Writers’ raves are Readers’ faves’. 

Honoured am I

 to send the following

 six Pushcart Nominations

 out into the world

 to do us proud ~ 

“My honoured congratulations, here.”

 

 ~ Thanks Colin

for all your words

and how they matter

in this here world

 

~ Absolutely*Kate

AT THE BIJOU 

http://at-the-bijou.blogspot.com/2011/12/noir-pause-for-pushcart-nominations-at.html

SO WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ???

THAT WOULD BE

CHOPPER JOHN

http://at-the-bijou.blogspot.com/2011/02/chopper-john-by-colin-james-now-playing.html