Alive and Well

I haven’t been posting lately because I’m experiencing a sort of writer’s block. With each book I read, I sit in front of the computer but no words come out to describe how I feel about it. Perhaps it’s winter’s arrival. I’m assuming it’s just a phase.

I’m off to Atlanta tomorrow for Thanksgiving. When I get back, we’ll be well into the holiday season. I hope lots of people come looking for books! It’s one of the few chances I get to handsell on the floor. I’m planning on bringing a bunch of books to my parents. Maybe readng in a new environment will spark the critical juices again. Has anyone read The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher? I’m going to bring that one with me as well as Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz. I’m not sure what to bring for a third. Happy reading everyone!

10 thoughts on “Alive and Well

  1. LouisBranning

    Hensher’s Northern Clemency is one of the 2 or 3 best novels I’ve read this year, and sorry about the writer’s block, Dwarf, have missed your comments.


  2. Martin Clark

    Welcome back…nothing wrong with a bit of writer’s block. It just means you are recharging. Good Thanksgiving to you, enjoy Atlanta–Martin Clark


  3. estelle

    I definitely sympathise with book-block. I have four books waiting, finished, to be written about but no can do. It’s hard because you want to give each one the right amount of thought, but at the same time you want to gather all your thoughts about each one into a coherent whole. I don’t have the winter excuse though, it’s just hit summer for me. Maybe it’s the nice weather…


  4. Dani

    Did you laugh out loud at Blue Latitudes? I loved that book, hand sold it alot when I worked in a bookstore..then got A VOYAGE LONG AND STRANGE as a gift and …sorry…couldn’t get into it at all at all..I’ll give it another go later this “winter”!


  5. judy

    Boy, I know the feeling. Sometimes the books I’ve read and not written about just pile up on my desk. Then it feels like I am in school and have assignments.
    But, after John Leonard passed, I read all the obits which sent me in search of his reviews. Wow, that guy really rocked! Now I read one of his reviews (currently reading from his collection Lonesome Rangers) which inspires me to write mine.


  6. Mary

    Book block or blog block….they’re both bad. When I feel that way it’s often because I’m not reading anything that really connects with me. Good luck and I look forward to your next post!


  7. Special K

    Erk… writer’s block – the worst! Whatever you do, don’t write a book about a person who’s got writer’s block! (: I just read (one quarter of) one that was about that. Good luck!


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