Archive for the 'Writing' Category

June 29th, 2016

NOTE: THE FIRST TWO POSTS- WHERE WE GO FROM HERE…; ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…; and WASHINGTON WAKES UP TO DEMOCRACY… -ARE STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE. NEWER STORIES DO APPEAR BELOW.

GREATNESS IS THE EXCLUSION OF ALL ELSE…

June 20th, 2016

There is one very important lesson I’ve learned from reading hundreds of biographies in all fields: if a person is truly great, then they have zero personal life. If you know someone who is truly great and they have an exemplary personal life then either (a) that person is a very good liar, or (b) […]

JOHN SANDFORD WRITES A 404-PAGE MACGUFFIN*…

June 16th, 2016

John Sanford is on my short list of go-to writers, the writers I check monthly for new books. He has been on that list for as long as I’ve had such a list and has outlasted Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton, Johnathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, James Patterson, Anne Rice and perhaps a dozen or so more […]

HIGH PRAISE INDEED…

May 26th, 2016

Eulogium (p. 56) Uncle Venner’s eulogium, if it appears rather too high-strained for the person and occasion, had, nevertheless, a sense in which it was both subtile and true. Modern eulogy, eulogium, Medieval Latin, from Greek eulogia praise; a commendatory oration, high praise, or writing especially in honor of one deceased . (15th century)igh From […]

MEDITATION ON KURT VONNEGUT: IX…

May 26th, 2016

The Utopian dreaming I do now had to do with encouraging cheerfulness and bravery by the formation of good gangs. — to Mark Vonnegut on 29 August 1972, p. 183Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. The best good gang that I can think of in this moment are those people Feeling The Bern. I’m unclear in my own […]

TO BE A LEADER GET IN FRONT OF THE CROWD…

May 25th, 2016

If we have some peace within ourselves, in our way of thinking, speaking and acting, we’ll be able to influence people and inspire them to go in the same direction. p. 111 From Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society by Thich Nhat Hanh There are so many ways to come at this statement: physician, heal thyself; […]

SHOULD WRITERS BE CLOCK WATCHERS…?

May 24th, 2016

At my best, when writing my first, unpublished novel, Cold Silence, I could write productively for four hours, from 8 a.m. to noon. I’m struggling these days get in three hours. Not because of any kind of block, but because of distractions: principally dogs demanding to play or just go pee. I’m working to get […]

MILESTONE PASSED: 15,000 POSTS WRITTEN…

May 12th, 2016

I wasn’t paying sufficient attention to the counters and I only noticed this morning that back on 5 May I passed another milestone at Have Coffee Will Write when I published post no. 15,000. I passed the 10,000 posts milestone back on 4 April 2010. Just sayin’, cheers…

THIS IS ONE COST OF USING WORD PROCESSORS…

May 11th, 2016

I’m old enough to have learned to write on a manual typewriter and remember the experience of retyping whole pages when I reworked a draft. Few people—possibly the better writers, I don’t know—still engage in this kind of second- or third-pass at a manuscript. The rest of us edit on the screen and only change […]

FREUD WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS STORY…

May 9th, 2016

What follows stands alone in my experience as the most odd writing ritual I have yet learned of. I suppose there are stranger rites out there, but I have my doubts. …Standing naked at his hotel-hotel room window, Wolfe found that his weariness had suddenly evaporate and that he was eager to write again. Returning […]

BAD FOR AMERICA, DAMN GOOD FOR CBS

May 8th, 2016

I am of a generation of journalists who, in the wake of The Pentagon Papers and Watergate, saw our profession as a noble calling, a tradition that comforts th’ afflicted, afflicts th’ comfortable. There’s not much of that left, especially at the organizations reduced to small parts of vast global consortia driven by profit, profit […]

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO HAVE COFFEE WILL WRITE

May 6th, 2016

So, I’ve found a little time to play with the code beneath Have Coffee Will Write using the WordPress widget Jetpack. The first bit I’ve changed is to add a subscribe function to the top of the sidebar. If you think getting email updates wouldn’t be too intrusive, give the subscription service a shot. You […]

CAFFEINE: THE ACCEPTABLE ADDICTION…

April 29th, 2016

On Thursday I commented on Oliver Burkeman’s examination of Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, and clearly the topic is so dear to Oliver’s (and my own) heart that he decided to revisit the book, focusing on the common coffee thread among artists. ‘Delightedly he seized hold of the bag containing the sugar and […]

MAGIC PRODUCTIVITY IS A SWORD IN THE STONE…

April 28th, 2016

Year ago I knew a woman addicted to self-help books. She read them like an a crack head lighting her pipe. She lived (and maybe still lives) her life in search of the perfect solution, Christ’s cup, Excalibur. I’m that way with productivity porn, but I’ve come, in recent years to see my addiction for […]

BOOKSTORES ARE A COMMUNITY’S SOUL…

April 18th, 2016

So, while reading Steph Harmnon’s Breaking borders: how to make the best bookshop in the world—a good read about independent bookstore chain Readings—I succumbed to a bit of click bait: The 10 best independent bookshops in the world—readers recommend. Years ago I did coffee house tours of Cleveland, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky and reading The […]

SNOWDEN, CHOMSKY AND GREENWALD TALK…

April 3rd, 2016

[Update @ 0637] So, I’ve just finished watching the discussion and while I found the entire conversation fascinating, I would make note of three bits. First, beginning at about time mark 1:26:10, Edward Snowden points to the single greatest flaw in our present security state when he says, “When you collect everything, you understand nothing.” […]

JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY IS A PERNICIOUS LIE…

March 21st, 2016

Glenn Greenwald, writing in The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality” for The Intercept, explains: Contrary to what U.S. media corporations have succeeded in convincing people, these journalistic neutrality rules are not remotely traditional. They are newly invented concepts that coincided with the acquisition of the nation’s most important […]

TAIBBI ON NEW YORK TIMES’ SUBTLE SMEAR JOB…

March 16th, 2016

In my very early days as a blogger I recall a very early—like three o’clock early—morning accident when I caught a reader writing, and editing, a comment. I found the process fascinating. I watched as the reader carefully considered, changed, changed again, deleted and shifted tacks in crafting their message to me. That is what […]

I DISCOVERED A MENTION…

March 10th, 2016

Like most netizens I occasionally surf the google to see if anyone is paying attention. This morning I came across a rather obscure mention in the 2008 book Blog Wars, written by David Perlmutter. My very brief mention (Perlmutter thankfully got my name right) comes at the top of page 135. The reference is to […]

QUINN THROWS AT WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS

March 2nd, 2016

Is the Plain Dealer trying to confuse readers, simply trying to have it both ways, or just flopping around? I think maybe the latter, unfortunately. Chris Quinn, vice president of content, Cleveland.com (Whatever happened to editors?), writes that the Plain Dealer will endorse candidates but that’s not the end, as I think it used to […]

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