The first book from THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT, a memoir of love and music, has been sent for final editing. Wish I could tell you more but I’m about half-dead from fighting through the flue to get it done. So more later.
HELP CATHERINE GET BACK TO CANADA
Catherine Rideout was a community manager for Imperial Wars back when we were entertaining the masses by giving them an online space empire of their own. She’s had her share of bad breaks, disabled with a severe spine condition that leaves her in pain 24/7, but thought she’d found a home in Scotland. It hasn’t turned out so well. If you can spare a farthing or two, please help her to return to her home in Canada with her rescue animals. Note the page shows English pounds, so don’t forget to adjust for US Dollars.
Even if you can’t help, consider sharing so others can have a chance to do a mitzvah, a good deed.
THE DEAD CIRCUS Brings L.A.,
the Sixties, to Life
“More than any other American city–even New York–Los Angeles occupies a psychic space as well as a geographic one. More than any other decade “the sixties” represents a state of mind as much as a series of dates in history.
As someone who grew up discovering the sixties in the seventies and has visited Los Angeles exactly once (and that in the nineties), I can’t speak with much personal experience about either the city or the decade that fascinate me beyond reason. The most I’ve been able to do regarding either is, well, read about them.
That has amounted to a lot of reading–both fiction and nonfiction–much of it deeply rewarding and/or disturbing.
John Kaye’s 2002 novel, The Dead Circus (the title is from a barely mentioned underground newspaper which I took to be fictional, but one of the many strengths here is a wealth of details that blur the line between what was and what ought to have been), brings a new dimension–one I didn’t suspect could be caught between the covers of a book until now…”
Read the rest here – THE DEAD CIRCUS
When I first began the process of actually writing a full-length book about my adventures with Stark Naked and the Car Thieves, THINGS WE LOST IN THE NIGHT, I wasn’t sure what form it would take. However, it soon became obvious it would have to be memoir, and that made it personal. I hadn’t read many memoirs I liked but I decided I needed to find some that could help me model the way I should express myself. The first, and most important, influence on my writing was Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, and with good reason. Her unflinching and matter-of-fact sense of writing about her life inspired me. I have several wonderful influencers now but Cheryl Strayed’s story is first, and how I got started. Here’s the trailer to the movie from the book starring Reese Witherspoon. I’ll be in line to see it when it’s released.
Things We Lost in the Night, a memoir of love and music, Part Three of Five, final draft is finished, and available to beta readers. If you aren’t a beta reader and wanted to be, just let me know. Parts One and Two are available now. One slight caveat, I still have a couple of people helping me edit the Hawaiian English Pidgin in some of the chapters, so that will change as I get back edits from them. In the meantime – Aloha.