We are watching "elephants," true enough. But I realize, embarrassed, that I know nothing of how these beings live, of who they are. I scarcely know what it means to be "watching elephants." Cynthia Moss knows, because she's been here, watching, for forty years--more time than any other human has ever watched elephants.
Do you ever wonder this? Have you ever asked yourself in the middle of the night, as you turn to look at your husband or wife in bed next to you, "Do I know everything I should about this person?"? This is exactly what makes the "marriage thriller" the hottest, compulsively readable genre right now. It's the page-turning thriller that hits closest to home--both figuratively and literally--and is the most unsettling because of this.
My friend, L.A. Knight sent me a reminder that today is National Dog Day. I didn't know there was such a thing, but as the author of the comedic novel, Dog Training the American Male (to be released on Sept 13 from A&M Publishers) Knight has immersed himself in the concept that a behavioral and genetic link exists between men and dogs.
According to recent data released by research firm Statista, the bookselling business is on a rebound. After a number of years in decline, sales picked up in 2015 (a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year), and the trend continued into the first half of 2016 with revenues up another 6.1 percent. Is this a fluke?
The dog days of summer, they are. Nightfall comes earlier now. The evening performance of the cicada orchestra is unfailingly on time. Local blueberries are no longer in season; once plump and juicy, they are now unpleasantly sour and soon will be gone until next year.If it sounds like I'm in an end-of-summer funk, it's true.
Think small and make use of what's available to you. I'm not saying, "You have to make time for it." I hate hearing that. (Especially as it relates to exercise...) Instead, take advantage of and be productive with whatever you have. There's no point in waiting for the perfect time to start writing or editing a novel. No such thing exists.