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We are so caught up in our own brief stories that we think we are the measure of things. The Earth has a story of her own, immeasurably longer and deeper than any of ours, or even our collective story as a species. We come and go and Earth abides. But like us creatures, the planet changes continually, ever becoming and unbecoming. For every birth there is a death, every building up eventually subsides into collapse, every rising brings on a fall. Night and day, winter and summer, sorrow and joy, there can never be one without the other. Life truly does hang in the balance. We are always dancing in the dragon's mouth, oblivious to every thing but our one precious terrible or glorious moment. Whenever and wherever you can, as much as you are able, rejoice in it and give thanks that you are here. Henry's books .


I'm tired already of posting pictures of my new book. I'm tired of being expected to remind people I meet in my world or on a screen that I wrote it. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. I'm grateful to my publisher. I owe them that much. I'm just saying I'm tired of doing it.

A writer is supposed to be writing stuff (does even this qualify?). The shorter my time in this world gets, the more I want to spend it writing. Let me live and die with new words, fresh words behind my eyes and under my hand.

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  1. I've been thinking about this very thing, Henry. I can see a certain amount of self promotion being asked of an author, but it seems to me publishers would be better off in the long run doing the marketing themselves. Writers ought to be doing what they do best..writing the stuff publishers love to publish.

  2. Sharon, happily, my current publisher, Creative James Media has already committed far more time and expense to promoting my work than either of my previous publishers invested. I can't say I've been unduly put upon in that regard. I'm old. I'm an introvert by nature. As much as I enjoy interacting with readers (and I do enjoy it), at times I wish I were spending my dwindling store of energy writing new words instead of talking about cold ones.
    Actually, I'm much happier discussing other writers' books than my own, and I've started a new blog to do just that.

    1. I'm glad to hear your publisher commits so much time and money to promote your books. I have been enjoying your new blog, I'm guessing you have much more energy stored up than you might think..I'm thinking of your photo from a few days ago where you mention plans to "tuck an eight-foot by fourteen-foot greenhouse into the side of the hill there." Holy cow.

    2. Sharon, I know a tucker for hire.


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