Archive for June 2017

History as a suspense story

History as a suspense story
I’ve been away from the blog more than usual lately because of my reading habits. Not only am I in the last chapter of “The Sign of Four,” in company with my own characters, but I’ve been reading a great and suspenseful biography. That’s right, a suspenseful biography — to be exact, “The Last Lion... Read more »

'Memory' -- of a sunburn

'Memory' -- of a sunburn
Sunny thoughts for a stormy day — with thanks and apologies to Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot. I’m OK, so far…no sunburns this year, just memories:    Daylight! See the kids on the sandbar, and they’re all going wading, going swimming all day. Like a darn fool, I yearned to spend my day in... Read more »

Music and memories

Music and memories
Music and memories are very closely linked. I never thought I’d need to write that sentence, but then I watched “My Music: Classical Rewind” on PBS (Channel 11 in Chicago) last night. Great music was played, with very simple explanations of why particular pieces are important. Very simple, in the sense that I knew the answer... Read more »
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In my imagination's Writers' Room, a committee looks at my first sentences

In my imagination's Writers' Room, a committee looks at my first sentences
Credit astute reader William22Bowen’s recent question about “first sentences per Margaret-Serious” for the rumblings in my imagination that turned out to be the following meeting. Note: It’s the Writers’ Room, plural, the place for other writers in my mind. The Writer’s Room, singular, ought to be a synonym for my whole imagination. When my imagination... Read more »