Monday, November 7, 2016

A special music post to test the new functionality on the website. If you click the Diary tab, now, it brings you here where  comments are available, yay!

Faerie Reel and Ben Harper rock with Stairway to Heaven, as we know. I'll bet his Nothing Else Matters sounds a lot like this!

( See why I said it isn't a blog?  Just cool stuff when I happen to find it.)

The artist is Victor Santal. 
He doesn't just play on Madrid street corners. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

To be or not to be Shakespeare

At least I have something to be outraged about that isn't American presidential politics.

Read this article. Go on. I'll wait.

This is not an argument I ever expected to hear about Sam Wanamaker's brainchild. Wanting the Globe to be the Globe and not anything else isn't snobbery. Amplified sound in a hall that was designed for the human voice? For actors who can be heard at every point? Of course it can't be perfect. Females in the cast, Fireproofing and safety standards. (Sounds familiar, doesn't it?) But damn it, every other theatre in the world can do Hamlet in the Wild West if they want to -- and does. Can't there be one place that does Shakespeare as Shakespeare, as near to authentically as we can stand it?

There's more than one way to reach an audience, y'know. 'Defies commercial sense,' indeed. I'll give you commercial. Who's going to sit on a wooden bench for three hours to watch East Enders? Or are we to rip those out as well?

The snobbery here is the intolerance of the mob dragging everything down to its level.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

When we last left our heroes...

Now that I have this great new website I guess I'd better do something to keep it interesting. In other words, get back to the new novel after spending a moth away. Thinking about it ain't exactly the same as writing.

First, though, I'm going to read right through Black Dog, Grey Lady from the top just to remember where I was going and what everyone was doing when I launched into the illusion of webmastery.

So I've loaded the last known version (Oct. 3rd!) on my kindle so that 1) it feels like reading a book, which makes the flaws stand out, and 2) I can't tinker and lose track.

So far, so very full of holes and I'm only 20% in. But I guess that's better than a number of other things I could be full of.


P.S. Don't forget, Molly September is still FREE! at Smashwords!