1. I think I just need to clean up my writing space Shelve all those reference books. Shelve all those non-reference books. Remove used coffee cups. Et cetera.

  2. Man, I can't recall HOW many 'book reports' I loop-holed my way out of writing simply by reading non-fiction books!

    It's kind of hard to describe characters, plots, conflicts, and resolutions when you just finished reading a book about tying flies!


  3. What Billll said.

    Be careful with that logic. I would send my oldest one out to color on the porch (she wanted to stay in) when it was a clear day. About 10-15 minutes later her and the pup would be roaming the yard looking for adventure.

  4. As I recall old Snoop started each and every one of his master works with the same first line: It was a dark and stormy night.

  5. Yeah, but Bulwer-Lytton was a critical and commercial success, in his day. Quotes of his, aside from the famous "Dark and Stormy Night"?

    Try: "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", "dweller on the threshold", which are all Bulwer-Lytton's coinings.

    You go back and look at it, and the man was damn near as influential as Shakespeare, in his day. Certainly, he was on the level of a Steven King, or John Gresham.

    Now, as to how well most of his work aged…? I've plodded through a fair chunk of it, and if you gave me a choice, I'd say James Fenimore Cooper might be more readable… And, far more entertaining.

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