Cover, jacket copy, 1 illustration from my Christmas chapbook, The Last Train: A Christmas Ghost Story. Getting crafty.
Will be selling copies on Saturday at New Westminster’s Farmers Market at River Market (after the Santa Claus Parade).
Difference between non-fiction and fiction?
A 2012 response to Open Book Toronto:
What unique experience or benefit does non-fiction provide for readers?
Unique is a powerful word, and though I may have suggested in the past that non-fiction and fiction have great differences, I’m beginning to waver. Great non-fiction should read like a good novel; I’ve heard this more than once. The statement is somewhat irksome. It suggests in non-fiction the pleasure of reading is sacrificed for the edifying facts found in non-fiction. A great bit of writing is great whether it’s a novel of vengeance on the high seas or an evocative study on 19th century whaling practices. Of course, I’m speaking of ONE book and that’s Moby Dick.
Illustration for my Christmas ghost story, The Last Train
From his attic suite….another illustration for The Last Train
Where I’ll be at 2 PM on Saturday, November 16 for a FREE reading for The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit: Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
A bit here and there and then it’s Pikachu for the other boy.
New event announcement - Saturday, Nov. 16, 2-4 PM, at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. An incredible setting for a reading.
TUESDAY, OCT 22: WHITE ROCK LIBRARY: part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library Author Series
Because this shirt ironing video never tires…
This is how ironing may be done with great sense of dō.
Personally, I go from collar, button front, placket front, back, sleeve, and finally cuffs. But I always think of this video when I do it.
My father at ten years old.
Coat maker Park Wong at Modernize Tailors in Vancouver.
Pencil inventory day instead of “buy more pencils for school day.” Found a number of sentimental and nostalgic value
Brassing on a black Konica Autoreflex T3.
ELMORE LEONARD 1925-2013 - his ten rules
Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin
1Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his bookArctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want.
2 Avoid prologues: they can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword. But these are ordinarily found in non-fiction. A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it in anywhere you want. There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’sSweet Thursday, but it’s OK because a character in the book makes the point of what my rules are all about. He says: “I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy that’s talking looks like. I want to figure out what he looks like from the way he talks.”
3 Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But “said” is far less intrusive than “grumbled”, “gasped”, “cautioned”, “lied”. I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with “she asseverated” and had to stop reading and go to the dictionary….
Ten rules of writing…in The Guardian.
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