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August 31, 2008


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Peter Briffa isn't as cheered by a book celebrating capitalism as he'd expected to be.

* Does any blogger write more evocative life-snapshots than MD? Examples here, here, and basically all over her blog.

* Self-described "genre slut" Polly Frost writes in praise of short fiction here and here. Great passage: While it may not a good time in conventional book-publishing for short fiction ... "Maybe we creators of it need to be more entrepreneurial. Maybe we need to take more advantage of the online world, of Amazon's Kindle, of self-publishing, of audio, of doing live readings."

* MBlowhard Rewind: I wondered about the relationship between negativity and criticism in the arts.



posted by Michael at August 31, 2008


Wow, can MD ever write! Example: the post "A Flat Blue Plain", the para beginning, "First, the view of the city..." and ending with the entirely apt words, "...lovely and beautiful."

No kidding. "Lovely and beautiful" writing. And that's just one example. When I grow up I want to be able to write like MD. Man, has she published a novel, and if not, why not?

Sigh. Now I'm in love with yet another of the women friends of 2Blowhards. You've got some ultra-high quality female companionship via this blog, Mister Michael. You hang on to them, you hear?

Posted by: PatrickH on August 31, 2008 4:25 PM

Hotties every one of them! And they're mine, mine, all mine! No other shall have them!

Ah, it's good to have a harem ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 1, 2008 12:06 PM

Hey, I'm working on that "yours, yours all yours" thing, I'll have you know. Harem? Hah! I might just end up being Don Juan de Marco to your 2,000 hotties, Mister Sheik. Can you dig it?

Posted by: PatrickH on September 1, 2008 2:58 PM


Sorry for the all caps, but, seriously. You two totally and completely made. my. day!

Posted by: MD on September 2, 2008 7:08 PM

You're welcome, MD. So perhaps you won't mind a direct follow-up to the question I asked MvB: do you intend to publish any larger work? Have you? Didn't see anything on the blog to indicate.

Posted by: PatrickH on September 2, 2008 7:52 PM

MichaelB - the way you are protective and supportive of your fellow bloggers is very collegial! I like it!

PatrickH - I never really thought I had it in me to write a novel, well, once I got out of undergrad which is more years ago than I care to admit. I like writing short stories, I like writing in diaries, including the online one, but I don't think I can do a long form narrative. I dunno. I'll keep writing and see what happens!

Posted by: MD on September 3, 2008 6:45 PM

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