IF YOU WRITE FOR A LIVING, HAVE SOME PLACE TO GO

Man at computer“A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.” — C.S. Forester.

I wonder why a guy who wrote the Horatio Hornblower series and more than 30 novels, plays and short stories would make such a statement?

Did he write for decades before making a sale? Did he write at night after working days at some other craft?

Fortunately, I was paid for more than a half-century writing news and feature stories before retiring and attempting to write a novel. Wrote one. Sold one copy. Not bad for a beginner.

Three novels later and fewer than three sales, I know something about Forester’s frustration about being able to finance a “go somewhere” experience.

Yet, I continue to learn more about writing fiction day by day as I fuss over a fourth novel. It’s a love story, best I’ve written thus far. May not hit the “best seller’s” list. May end up giving away copies to family members and friends.

Maybe my problem is hidden in Forester’s comment: I’m not “going anywhere in particular” in the stories that I write. In any event, I’m sticking close to home, writing every day.

I must, you know, because I’m known as “a man who writes.”

WATCHDOGS DON’T CRY; THEY CONTINUE TO BITE

Seventy news organizations should continue focusing on being “watchdogs of the conduct of government” rather than try to explain Thursday why they are not “enemies of the people” as claimed by president Donald Trump.bulldog

If any medium is lying and acting as an enemy of the people it is the person who comments constantly with more than 11 million Twitter followers.

Fact checkers report that Trump made more than 4,000 false and misleading claims during the first year of his presidency. That number doubled six months later.

Now, the editorial board of The Boston Globe proposes that newspapers across the nation express their disdain for the president’s rhetoric on Aug. 16. The rally calls for the opinion writers that staff newspaper editorial boards to produce independent opinion pieces about Trump’s attacks on the media.

Meanwhile, until citizens of this country understand Trump’s reason for belittling members of the press, the freedom that serves as the bedrock of a democratic society is threatened.

Anyone as old and as moss-covered as I am knows that newspapers once were the primary means of disseminating news and opinion. Communities where I grew up supported a Republican and a Democratic newspaper. Those political biases were reflected primarily in the editorial sections of those newspapers. Continue reading WATCHDOGS DON’T CRY; THEY CONTINUE TO BITE