Most of my writer pals step up to smile at the camera’s unblinking eye. God bless ’em. I sure have a terrible time doing it. Maybe it’s a holdover from my old job?
Twain House tour guides tell us Sam Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, made up stories on the fly for his three daughters in the glow of his library’s hearth.
His young audience expected each story to feature items displayed on the mantel, starting with the picture of the cat in the ruffled collar. They wouldn’t allow him to tell the same story twice.
The opportunity to write in that library was irresistible.
A couple of writer pals and I felt like Oprah for a morning. We helped a local library celebrate winning a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime.
My poem “At the Rail” is included in a fine arts photography book.
TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS by Juliet Harrison features her dramatic racing images along with text written by selected turf writers, racing insiders and enthusiastic railbirds like me.
Check out the following list of contributors. If you follow racing, especially New York racing, many will look familiar.
Marion E. Altieri, Michele Lee Amundsen, Cindy Wyrich Bledsoe, Martha Frankel, Carol Goodman, Mikhail Horowitz, Leslie Knauf, Rhonda Lane, Freddie Lanclud, Jana Martin, Brendan O’Meara, Melaina Phipps, Lynn Reardon, Natalie Keller Reinert, Tad Richards, Donald Rothschild, Kimberly Kelly Santini, Linda Shantz, Nina Shengold, Sharon Simmons-Passmore, Zachary Sklar, Holly Tonini and Marylou Whitney
TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS is available via your favorite bookseller. Check out Juliet’s website for more information and to see more of her beautiful and thought-provoking work.
Some of us met with Juliet for a signing outside the Saratoga Saddlery in Saratoga Springs, NY, during racing season.
My original plan was to keep this blog horse-free. Then, NYT best-selling and award-winning author C.J. Lyons called me out on it.
Some country songs are short stories with plot twists and character arcs.
You’re an author at an event. You see someone wearing a headset, perhaps with a microphone, sitting off to the side with some boxy electronic equipment with dials or slides.
That person may be a radio announcer, especially if he or she has media credentials. He or she may “doing a remote broadcast” and wondering how to fill the hour or so. He or she might be looking for someone to talk to.
That someone could be you.
If you’re having technical trouble with your blog, have you thought about hiring a hiring a blog technical support person?
True confessions time: I don’t do every bit of the work on my blogs.
Sure, I write posts, re-size photos, hunt up stories and videos, update plug-ins, back up the blog – all the day2day stuff that WordPress makes easy once you get used to using it.
As for the behind-the scenes, under-the-hood tech stuff, the “alphabet soup,” like FTP, HTML, CSS?