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A generous friend, John Gilmore, from my writing group, introduced my blog to his readers by devoting a whole post to me. He compared my writing to a savory type of cheese that deserved tasting. Should I do the same for him? Let me compare his writing to a fine, aromatic Latakia blend that wafts richly off the digital page, yet gets straight to the point! His blog called – The Writing Loft – at http://thewritingloft.wordpress.com is a very well written collection of short pieces on writing and writers. Experience Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont home, the ups and downs of UP, Hemingway if he lived in Bridgeport, CT, and the efficacies of Twitter, stylebooks, and knowing your audience—to open the possibilities.

John has been writing professionally for years. His spy thriller, Cocaineros Duel, coming out in December, is both exciting and full of intrigue. I’ll let you know when it becomes available. In the meantime, you can go to his blog, settle back and enjoy.

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So now I’m writing number fifteen and wondering why I’m really doing this. What do I have to gain by writing it—what’s my real ulterior motive?

Is it something sinister? Well, no, not sinister, but maybe selfish. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, making a living as a writer, etcetera and this is a way to accomplish that, or so, I think:

  • I’ve always been a little naïve, perhaps purposely. I don’t want to see everything about the potential results of my undertakings, fearing that if I did, I would lose all hope. So I maintain this piece of hope by blinding myself to the possibility that my dreams will not come true—I like pie, it is my favorite food, and soon I’m going to write a short piece about how I got my grandmother to teach me to make pies, and how I used to make eight to ten of them for family holidays. So, I think a little pie in the sky is good.

Now if this is indeed a selfish, self aggrandizing undertaking, why should you read it? (And when I say you, if I’m not being naïve, then I mean those 40 some friends, family, acquaintances, and contacts who I have so far intrigued or coerced.) Perhaps you should read this because there’s something about what I say that touches you, is meaningful to you because you are a human being trying to make your way through this life too.

Therefore, I invite you to read on if you want to. I am glad for an audience to share this with. If not, and you’d like me to take you off the list, email me (larryr@optonline.net). Saying something like “Please take me off the list.” Or “Please remove my name.” I’ll understand. I also get way too much e-mail that I do not read.

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