Here in the shed this week, I've been thinking about book titles. I like to have one decided early when I'm working on something new, which I am doing. Choosing a title helps me focus on the story's theme, the book's emotional center. So, I came up with one for a new manuscript-in-progress. I am … Continue reading What’s in a Title?
In Spain, the air is hot. I joked with my son who had joined me on the second leg of a trip to this beautiful country, following a week with my wife, that, yes, it was muy caliente. But it was not "Cuba hot." "That's a very different hot," I reminded him. Two years ago … Continue reading The Fuel of Travel
The other day the New York Times' book critics compiled a list of what they thought were the best fifty memoirs of the last fifty years. The critics said they were looking for books that gave them "whiskey, not whiskey and water." Books that felt like they were bringing a reader along on an "adventure" … Continue reading Memoirs: My favorites and what I’ve learned.
Now and then here in The Writer Shed, I will formally review a book. This is not the casual albeit sincere Goodreads or Amazon review, but rather a hard and close look. I do this only occasionally and usually choose books for specific reasons. Either I am asked to review the book by a publisher or … Continue reading Review: My Midsummer Morning
I have a couple of audiobooks out there. Two of my memoirs are offered on Audible: October Song and There's a Hamster in the Dashboard. I'm proud of those listenable renditions and they were fun to produce. I hope, also, fun to listen to. If you're an audiobook person—and they are a certain kind of … Continue reading And Now, Something Out Loud
It took me seven books to get this book launch thing right. That is not to say I did it wrong or poorly with previous books, but that is to say that this time it was sublime. The Consequence of Stars is now officially out. This is my memoir of linked essays about home—what it means … Continue reading Celebration
Out of the shed for a few days to visit New York and the Book Expo of America for the launch of my memoir, The Consequence of Stars. an appearance at KGB Bar, and a little literary geek time. I'm sitting outside a cafe on W. 30th not far from the Javits Convention Center where … Continue reading The Literary Geek