1. Getting read by Ray Bradbury is amazing enough. You should be really proud of yourself! One of the things I’m going to teach my summer school class is that hard work makes us lucky. You work harder than anyone I know–almost as much as me (heh)–so you’ll be seeing that “luck” soon, I’m sure.

  2. Great story, Sir! Bradbury is an amazing writer, but I certainly think you’ve hit the nail right on the head; it is about the sitting down and doing it. That in itself is an achievement — a major achievement — and we all need to remember to celebrate it every once in a while.

    Incidentally, I’ve just started a fiction blog ring — for writers of all abilities. I think you’d be a valuable member. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll send you the appropriate links.

    Happy writing!


    When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.
    Samuel Butler (b) (1835 – 1902) English novelist, satirist, scholar

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages now, since you were posting on myspace. I even have a copy of your book “Entrekin”. I love your writing. There will always be critics with something negative to say as your father pointed out. I feel that your essays and stroy telling is certainly better than your poetry. But that’s just me.

    Keep writing. You know you’re good at it and it keeps us readers entertained!

    P.S. I have no idea who Ray Bradbury is but I’m determined to find out and learn a little somethihng!;-)

  4. @Chrissa: thanks!

    @Simone: I know you have and I appreciate it. But yeah, you’re totally right, I’m not much of a poet.

    And I totally will keep it up. Just for you!

    Let me know if you have trouble finding something about Bradbury (I’d start with wikipedia).

  5. Hey, should I call you “Sir” too? Have you been knighted lately? Anyway, great post, and Ray Bradbury, of all people! I love “Something Wicked…”

    I never read the comments on the covers of books, so Bradbury saying “astounding” on the front above the title wouldn’t have made up my mind one way or the other. I mean, those quotes are kinda like sound bites, you know. They don’t mean much.

    So, when are you getting published, hmmmm?

  6. @Chartroose: at first I was like, did I call Chartroose “sir” and not realize it? And then I realized. And I chuckled.

    And as for getting published: well, I’m working on that. You can still get my collection free by clicking on the Lulu link up above. Concerning The Prodigal Hour, though, well, I only just graduated a month ago, and then moved, so I’m right now giving the manuscript a final polish. Which mostly involves pruning I’d call judicious if there weren’t so damned much of it, as well as reworking of two major scenes. I’m hoping to start submitting to agents early next month.

    Rest assured, I’ll keep everyone up to date.

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