I'd like to think that, if I'm lucky enough to exceed the age of 80, with all my marbles and my more important faculties all present and correct, I'll be cut some slack in the matter of my more treasured bad habits. I'll feel that, having survived so long indulging my relatively few vices, I might as well head for the exit in a like manner.
Writers are needy, insecure and desperate for approval. Just like everyone else, in other words, but because writers don't get out much they believe these challenges are unique to them, and tend to over-dramatize them. There's nothing new in all this; what's changed is that online reviews are reminding writers of something that, in the end, is probably good for us: everyone is different.
When President Obama let fly the scolding, "Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," to illustrate Mitt Romney's grasp of modern military during the third presidential debate, the chuckle could be heard around the world. Arguably Obama's retort accomplished what it intended to do: Embarrass his political rival and earn the president points as someone in the trenches - all under the forgiving cloak of humor.
As the holiday season begins to approach, I offer this advice to anyone who is lucky enough to have a family history buff or genealogist in the family. I suggest you write these down on a 3 x 5 card and stick them in your pocket, purse, or wallet for quick reference. At one party or another you are bound to silently say 'thank you, Scott!
I was chatting to absurdist comedian Charlie Chuck this week. Or, rather, to the real person who performs as Charlie Chuck - Dave Kear. He told me he had been researching his family tree.