WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

The lick heard ’round the world

Amigo del blog, Eric Baker, requested something from Booker T & The MGs, so here you go, Eric. I went with this more recent clip rather than something vintage because, … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 6 Comments

Yesterday Road for 99 cents? You betta believe it, baby! (Now through 6/30)

That’s right, I’m running a summer sale on Yesterday Road, and it’s now live on Amazon. (The other retailers will follow soon.) The sale runs through 6/27  (extended through 6/30!) … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 6 Comments

Old friends

How bizarre! The other night I had a strange dream in which I found myself in a vaguely familiar setting — pastoral, green, definitely Californian, but also working-agricultural. There were … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · 15 Comments

“Quit lit” or “stay lit” — where are you?

I wasn’t going to post today, but when I ran into this item about writing in spite of “lack of success,” I had to pipe up. (I even left a … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 17 Comments

Word!

Here’s a great idea. Scrap the dictionary you’ve been using all this time — you know the one(s), the EZ online Webster’s, American Heritage, New Oxford American — and take … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · 10 Comments

Five Fascinating Facts about George Orwell’s 1984

H. Lewis Allways indeed… Happy birthday, 1984! Interesting Literature 1. George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published on this day, 8 June, in 1949. But this wasn’t the original title … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The fifth Beatle Hammonds it up

Billy Preston blings up “Summertime” the way Bach would play it, the way Ray Charles would play it, and definitely the way Billy Preston would play it. (He does a … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dana Carvey can still bring it

Another thing we did while I was on my too-brief hiatus last weekend was see Dana Carvey’s show in Santa Rosa. He did about two hours of old and new … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

A thousand words: illustrating the novel to attract readers

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:
The reality of it is that books — novels, I mean — are competing with all other “entertainment” media, including You Tube, Twitter, video…

June 5, 2014 · 3 Comments

A Different Kind of Book Review: Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One by Helena Hann-Basquiat

Originally posted on 1WriteWay:
Mary picked up the soft cover book from her pillow where it had been resting since Lucy left it there.  She opened the book so she…

June 4, 2014 · 2 Comments