Sunday, December 23, 2018
Christmas in Chesterfield Inlet again.
From the troops.
From the home.
Merry Christmas to the readers and the stalkers.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Demons can come in all shapes and forms. For some, it's nightmares creating the sensation in their sleep. For others, it's a fear of depths
For me, it's returning to a land that is unfamiliar. Unfamiliar as I still call the place my homeland.
People I no longer recognize, places I no longer identify with, roads that did not exist. Feelings long swept away come rushing back with the only familiar demon I recognize.
The water. The surf. The river. And the bay.
168 hours is not enough.I shall need to return for less glorious reasons, but for this nightmare, 168 hours was more than enough time for the Demon On Arrival.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
All writers abhor going home.
For some, it's a case of not having achieved enough. For others, it's a case of facing the music on what they have achieved.
For I, it's facing the demons.
I have looked at photographs and not recognized my hometown. I have examined a map and not know locations. I have emailed others, to be greeted by non response.
The demons are awaiting my arrival.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving is upon us, and shortly, Christmas. Between the two is my father's birthday.
I am grateful for my Father's health, that I have one more opportunity to be with him on his birthday. Dad was away on Exercise with the Army while I was growing up, that I rarely shared his, or my, birthday with him.
As my daughters were growing up, I made it a point. Being so far away from own grandparents growing up, I never saw them either.
Now that I live 7752 miles from my father, it's not such a simple task to drop by. It's certainly a lot further than my Grandparents ever traveled to see me.
Not everyone gets "one last time" to go home.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Halloween is over. There is even a house a couple of streets away from me that has their Christmas lights up.
I neither decorated for Halloween, nor handed out any candy. The house was dark and I didn't participate.
I may not participate either in Thanksgiving or in Christmas this year.
Thanksgiving is a time of family coming together. Christmas is a time of good will to all. In a moment of enlightenment, this will be the first holiday season that I will not know where my children are.
My traditional holiday destination of Chesterfield Inlet is looking colder, this year.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
I was recently approached by a fan - a First Fan - with a request to supply a book for one of their friends. The Other Person is a fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series in which I have made a number of published contributions
I agreed to supply the book.
Whilst searching through the Contributor's Copies of a number of books in which I have appeared, I began to think about what should I write to the Other Person as an Author Dedication. The First Fan has asked me for a copy to introduce my writing to one of their friends - should I include the First Fan by name in the dedication? Perhaps it would be better only to dedicate it the Other Person? Maybe I should include my business card to legitimize the dedication?
Did Stephen King have these dilemmas early in his career, and how did he handle them? I sincerely doubt that King has these quandary's now - he has a staff to help and guide. For me, it's a one person show.
Perhaps that's the benefit of not being Stephen King. I don't have to sign thousands of books at mass events where people line up for hours. I don't have a room full of books that will need generic signatures before being shipped out. I still have that intimate fan base, where all (most of) my Fans are known to me personally.
Not being Stephen King may have an advantage.
I wonder if King ever sits around at book signings and asks himself "when is the next person that I know by name, going to show up."
I would suggest that those people that King knows by name, are his First Fans that he took care of in the early years, and still takes care of now. They don't have to show up at book signings - he sends them First Copies.
I'll write the First Fan into the dedication.
Maybe one day King will ask me to write a dedication for him.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Google Plus is gone. Another batch of writings lost to technology..
I write on paper - with a pencil. It's more enduring that a pen. It's more comforting that dipping into an ink well.
Over the years I have owned numerous writing implements - all have been damaged long after the gift giver has left me. So I continue to use pencil and paper. The log books from the years are numerous.
The diary to my eldest daughter is the only one which has ceased.
In another part of my personal life, I am caring for a another, approaching end of life. It is, tiring.
So I continue to write.