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3 for Fact and 3 for Fiction: Some of my favorite books

I’ve changed my site identity to reflect my expanding interest, writing historical fiction inspired by family history. Since I’m in the process of negotiating a contract for my first book and finishing the draft on my second, I thought it was time. 586 more words


Hagiography: an error to avoid

  • When writing about one’s family or someone you know, it is tempting to omit the faults, sins, or whatever you consider improper behavior. The result is hagiography, originally a writing of the life of a Saint.
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Daily Diversion #302: The Origin

This Irving Stone novel was the third  (and final) book that I bought whilst in Texas:



Above the faux fireplace in our living room, in the house I grew up in, hangs a large reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh’s, ‘Wheatfield with crows’. 356 more words

A Little Bit Of This And A Little Bit Of That.

Lust For Life: A Monument Dedicated to Futility of Genius

While the men of letters have duly recorded the travails of many a genius with panache, it takes an in-depth knowledge of the human mind, an impartial assessment of emotions and clarity of vision insofar as what the subject under scrutiny aspired for, to empathise with the protagonist and sit in judgement of his actions, and finally pronounce the verdict in a narrative, pregnant with a genuine urge to record for the posterity the vicissitudes that transformed a mere man into someone great. 1,100 more words

Book Review

Manifesto of the Cult of Ugliness

I thought I’d start out with a quote from an Irving Stone novel. It reflects a sentiment that I felt decades ago when I first read it and still do to this day. 149 more words

Irving Stone


On the conception of Michelangelo’s David;

‘Which then was the important David? When did David become a giant? After killing Goliath? Or at the moment he decided that he must try? 318 more words