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Now that my book(s) is finally in my hands in a sizeable quantity, I am wondering why I don’t spend all my time pushing to get it out to market. Every day the publisher sends out loads and loads of opportunities to sell at show, parties, conferences which all sound good but cost money. Spend to sell sounds kind of weird to me. The first month I had this story up online it had a thousand hits, and 300 readers. I was quite staggered, not by the numbers but by the places in the world where people logged on to read. Even now, the stories I write for Beauty and the Beast, an ongoing series of stories taking the old TV show in to the present time, has quite a nice following. I am definitely interested in the numbers, there’s no money involved, but what I love is seeing the different places in the world where people read it. I would love to connect with those folk in Egypt or Finland who have taken the time to read a few chapters, love the stories and come back to read another book.
My 20 yerar odyssey to write The Will to be True has its own value and will be a legacy for my grandkids etc but on a daily basis, my world travel list is just as exciting. I hope the effort that goes into writing those stories will continue to be appreciated just as much as much as the effort which culminated in the book.

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This year 2010 is the slowest yet for weddings. Every year, I have officiated at more than 10-15, a small number to be sure but they fill the summer weekends. This year I will have but one. It saddens me to think that our young people can’t find it in their heart to make a commitment to marriage and to stick with it. Marriage builds character. It is the ultimate exercise in compromise..not our principles but our onesidedness. Learning to be with another in harmony is difficult…letting go of our inner turmoil and not letting it poison our lives is the biggest challenge. it strikes me as interesting that there are those individuals who are struggling for the right to say to their partner, we are married, in our eyes and those of the law. We could learn lessons from them.
I will enjoy my one and only wedding this summer and continue to write stories which have that elusive happy ending, even if the road along the way is bumpy.

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I love this beautiful and lyrical translation of Alma Ausente which was brought to life for me by Ana Belen.

Absent Soul / Alma Ausente This article excerpt by way of Jim from the New Statesman: “Seventy years ago, in the middle of a late summer night, Spain’s greatest 20th-century poet, Federico García Lorca, was bundled into a hollow in a wooded ravine north of Granada and shot dead. Lorca, 38, was a challenge to everything Franco’s clerical fascism stood for. He was gay. He hailed Spain’s infant democracy. His sympathies were with the left. The poet could have fled Granada eas … Read More

via the stain of poetry

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