William T Vollmann Few of the readers of this blog, I expect, will know William Vollmann as a writer. Yet he is one of the most interesting American authors of the last 20 years. His last book, “Kissing the Mask - Beauty, Understatement and Feminity in Japanese Noh Theater”, published in 2010, has already acquired … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 17 – May I tell you something about someone else?
Your dream place What is your dream place in this world? Perhaps it is where you live already, perhaps a city you have visited, perhaps somewhere you read about? What inspires you there, what is special for you? Are you sharing that place with anyone? And, if you write, have you written about your … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 16 – May I ask something about you?
Ascent I leave the village early, silent still, only older people attending mass at this hour. The sound of bells resonates like crystal up and down the narrow valley. I can hear the stream rushing all the way down to the river, far away: icy water polishing ancient rocks. Boots hit the shiny pebbles … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 15 – May I tell you something about myself?
A new character I know she’s there. I have met her, in that house, and she’s going to be crucial to the story when I succeed in restarting… A new character… how exciting, how weird it feels too. I stalled a month ago, and decided to have a break. It coincided with the end of the … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 14 – May I tell you something about writing?
Distraction This is a true story, hardly embellished. It ’s about a dear friend, somewhat I have known for a very long time, from the time we were young soldiers, innocent still, and so fearless. Paul, let’s call him Paul, was on his fourth tour of duty, and due to the way that war had … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 11 – May I share something funny (and sweet)?
Siris He’s the central character of “Infinity Blade: Awakening”, and, of course, he is you, if, like me, you are addicted to the game. If you are, then you know how brave, childishly brave at time, he can be: but of course, what he can achieve depends on progress on building up his skills, that … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 10 – May I tell you something about someone else?
Who, what and why? I really don’t know much about you dear reader: of course, as any other aspiring writer, I genuinely appreciate your visit, and you taking the time to read this scribbling. But who are you? What motivates your wandering in blogging land (and to this remote corner of it)? JRR Tolkien wrote … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 9 – May I ask something about you?
Crash In “On Writing”, which is also a concentrated story of his life, Stephen King describes how, while on a walk, he was run over and nearly killed by a mad driver. I too brushed with death in a car accident, some twenty years ago. And it was my fault: a brief loss of attention, … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 8 – May I tell you something about myself?
“On Writing” by Stephen King is the book that got me started, and keeps me going. When I first read Stephen’s account of his beginnings, and how he, somehow, overcame the odds stacked against him, I knew I would have to try. And of course I’m still trying, and this is the lesson. This is … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 7 – May I tell you something about writing?
I enjoy parties. Love the noise, the people - well, the ladies, particularly. And of course the music. So that party might be rather fun. The invitation, from a friend I had almost forgotten about, the way one forgets, said something about a masked gothic night. Gothic? Guests were expected to wear a disguise, as … Continue reading #BlogMeMaybe: May 4 – May I share something funny? The Gothic party