A Man for All Season 1

A Man for All Season
As subscribers to Roundabout Theatre, we get tickets to four of this season’s shows. To our surprise, we discovered at around 4pm on Friday that we had tickets to see A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt’s play about Sir Thomas More (who would one day be elevated to saint), Lord Chancellor or England to ...

Another marathon

Now that I’ve won NaNo, I can starting thinking about my next marathon. I’m running San Francisco on 26 July 2009, and I’m raising money for a program in that city called Youth Run4Fun, a program “dedicated to establishing community-based running and fitness programs for youth of all shapes, sizes and cultures that enhance physical ...

Winner!

Winner!
I started on November 1 at around 5:30am. Took a couple days off for the marathon. And have been writing every day since. (Save for a little birthday celebration last weekend.) But today, at 2:25pm, I won NaNo. It’s odd to use that term, won. But I don’t want to say that I finished NaNo, ...

NaNo update

Haven’t updated on NaNo in a week or so. Tonight I hit 42,829 words, almost to the goal. I also put my main character in some pain. He walked in on a robbery and rather than back away he jumped in to stop it and got himself pretty badly beaten in the process. This is ...

Blue Serge 1

Blue Serge
I googled Blue Serge Suit (the ostensible name of my little space in the ‘sphere) and found myself a mere sixth on the first results page. How about that! In looking for images of blue serge to show a friend who was curious, though, I found this nice little image, an ad from 1915 advertising ...

The Royal Portable

The Royal Portable
Isn’t that a thing of beauty? A Royal portable, built by the Royal Typewriter Co., Inc., of New York, sometime during the 1930s. Maybe even the 1920s. I recently took this marvel of craftsmanship to a shop for a cleaning and slight repair. There aren’t many typewriter repair shops around anymore, they’ve had to move ...

Clyfford Still

Part of a continuing series of thoughts written while waiting for the clothes to dry at B. Bubbles laundromat. Any fans of Still’s work out there? I know I am. If you’ve ever watched Antique’s Roadshow with slack-jawed fascination, as I have, and you’ve ever even heard of Clyfford Still (one of the great and ...

30K and counting

I hit 30K tonight, another milestone of sorts. I’m probably taking this story way too slow, with a lot of set up but so far nothing much has happened. I’m this far along in the book and so far my main character hasn’t even left the furniture store. I’m starting to get a little worried ...

25,000!

25,000!
It’s the fifteenth and at 9:09pm I reached 25,000 words. The halfway mark halfway through the month! It’s a momentous occasion, one for celebration. I raise my hands in the air. “Steve Holt!” I’m a little worried, though, because I’m not thinking about this book as stopping at 50K. Though I’ve reached the halfway mark, ...

21470 1

I’m more than 20K into my NaNo and pretty happy with the way it’s gone so far. I’ve introduced the typewriter, an Underwood portable (though I’m wondering if it shouldn’t be a European typewriter of some sort). Yesterday and today I had my first interaction with the woman in the case, Kate, who came to ...