Feel Good Friday, May 17, 2013
Three and a half years ago the creation of Bolognabrain.com was conceived by my nephew, friend and partner, John House. You may know him better as Usedtoy. He contacted me shortly after he began to publish and asked if I would like to get involved. We had a business together several years before that and, as I always appreciated John’s insight, energy and vision, I was happy to sign on. Since then, I have been a consistent contributor and the editor for most of what you read here. Today is my 27th Feel Good Friday and my 300th post. I want to take a moment and reflect on that accomplishment.
Bolognabrain has provided me the opportunity to comment on news that is relevant to me and, I hope, you. It has allowed me to point out the foibles of our society, point out problems, damn the defenseless and upon occasion, stop and smell the roses.
Looking back at my subject matter, as I prepared this post, I found that most of my articles ran somewhere between 450 and 600 words; not terribly long, but I do attempt to be succinct and, rather than ramble, stick to the point. Still, that comes out to about 150,000 words, give or take. I thought it would be a lot more than that, but when I researched book lengths, it looks pretty good. I just finished Crime and Punishment. Long Book. 300,000 words. So I’ve written half of C & P. Another site provided word count guidelines for different projects. A novel, they say, should be +/- 40,000 words. In that perspective, I’ve written almost four novels. Damn.
In comparison, my picture book, Miller the Green Caterpillar is just under 600 words, and The King of Fish is about 1500. I just published my first Ebook, The Shadow Who Stole the Whistle. It’ a short story, and about 2200 words. It’s still being distributed to online retailers, but it can be found on Smashwords now, and everywhere else within the next week or so. If you’re interested, it has cute cover art and it’s only $1.99.
I have always loved to read and in my visits to schools I always tell students how good readers become good writers. I have had a lifelong love for words, and my daughters seem to have also inherited the recessive gene that drives one to excel in communication utilizing extraordinary vocabulary. I am proud of them. I also believe by editing the posts of my peers here and on MusicFanCam.com, I have become a better writer, still, and by reading and playing with their words, I have enhanced my meager skills even further.
Bolognabrain has certainly been a labor of love. Sharing my ideas, insights, oversights and interests with you, and receiving your feedback, has been a truly rewarding experience and I look forward to continuing the tradition. I am seldom at a loss for words and I have opinions about practically everything. I offer my deepest thanks to Usedtoy for inviting me along for this ride and I look forward to what the future may bring. That’s Feel Good Friday for this week. It’s the weekend. It’s Bolognabrain. Feed your head.