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Sunday, February 12, 2017

IWSG ANTHOLOGY_ Meet and Greet by the ghost of Mark Twain

 Erika Beebe has graciously reblogged my Myth Anthology post
 on her own blog.  
Go thank her by visiting, will you?

Ghost of Mark Twain here:

I got me some questions for you, Roland, 

to sort of break the ice with those fellow authors you a'joining for that there collection of greatness.

Stop figeting so, boy.  

Old Cthulhu there promises not to nibble on you much if just give me the right answers.

I know his tentacles are slimy!  Just man up and speak up.

Where do you write?

I write in the kitchen where all the necessities are to be found: hot tea, cold coke, and dark chocolate!

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?

I see the stuffed German Shepherd puppy in his fluffy bed, his battery-operated side going up and down as if he were sleeping. 

Little Buddy never makes a mess and relaxes me as I write!


-Favorite time to write?
No favorite time. As a harried rare blood courier, I write whenever I can squeeze some pages in. I try to write at least one page per sitting.


-Drink of choice while writing?
Hot tea. Captain Picard, Jayne of THE MENTALIST, and I love hot tea. :-)


-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?

I listen to soundtracks mostly: Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, John Williams, James Horner, etc. Like Candilynn Fite, I also listen to PANDORA.


-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

I bought a sampler of chocolates for a friend and thought how interesting it would be

to publish a sampler of my haunted hero, Samuel McCord, all through his long, epic life.

As for my short story in the anthology:

I have driven long, lonely rural roads as a blood courier and passed majestic, ancient mansions,

thinking what haunting stories might lurk within them.

-What's your most valuable writing tip?

The best tip I've found is from Ernest Hemingway (whose ghost often visits this blog - don't glare at me, Mark!  You asked) 

who said the key to success was NOT writing. It was RE-WRITING.

Be that way, Roland. Just for that you get my Quote of the Day:

"Don’t let your mind wander. It’s too little to be let out alone."

A little tune for the forgotten in this world --


  1. I still don't understand how you find the time to write so much. And I often wonder if you ever sleep. I guess it must have to do with focusing. Take care, my friend.

    1. Thank you, Inger. But the fatigue is beginning to set in. Since I sell so little, thoughts of riding off into the sunset are increasingly in my mind! :-)

  2. Hi Roland - you are writing and that's your passion ... and you are giving us different ideas and helping us ... I admire that you work as a blood courier while dreaming up stories from the roads and mansions and back yards you pass - all the best ... and I must get a book out from the Library by Hemingway ... cheers Hilary

    1. I recommend his A MOVEABLE FEAST about his early writing days in Paris with F. Scott Fitzgerald and other Lost Generation writers. :-)

  3. I don't see you ever setting writing aside. Your mind is too filled with wondrous tales and characters crying out to you to tell their stories.

    What a beautiful video. Thank you, I need it.

    1. Thanks for the morale support, Bish. And even more thanks for mentioning the video. I wondered if any liked the videos I put in my posts. :-)

  4. Replies
    1. I tried Earl Grey once because of Captain Picard but I found I like my simple black tea the best. :-)

  5. Yes, I must have dark chocolate too :)

    1. I have some Lindt Swiss Bittersweet on order right now to arrive for my Valentine's gift to myself!! :-)

  6. I love hot tea. Any flavor.

    Cthulhu might do more than nibble though.

    1. Yes, he has a way of doing more than nibble! :-) I wrote a post of the ghost of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Marlene Dietrich visiting the ghost of H P Lovecraft to ask him to write a post for me -- which he did! Should I re-post that, do you think?

  7. I'm an addict to English tea.

    I'm impressed you find at least some time to write in your busy life! Such dedication. Me, I just seem edit these days, not write. But that's okay.

    1. Hemingway said to the key to great writing was not writing but RE-WRITING! So you are on the right track, Helena!

  8. Hot tea is a necessity of a writer's life, I think. I've been on an earl grey kick for a few years. It was Chai before that. I think I'm sliding toward matcha green as my next. And driving is always the ideal time to 'think-write'! If I drove any more than I do, I don't think I'd reach my destinations. I've tried recording myself as I vocalize bursts of potential scenes, but that's weird and it doesn't come out right. And German Shepards :-) Real or toy, they're still the best dog breed.

    1. I miss my German Shepherd/Norwegian Elkhound mix, Hercules, so much.

      Great! I meet another hot tea drinker! I practice my dialogue out loud as I drive. :-)