“We’ve Got Cactus”

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Al Perry has a wonderful song about Tucson.

He points out that other cities have a lot of great things, like Florida has beaches, but Tucson, “We’ve got cactus.”  The above picture is of an Engelman prickley pear in bloom.


Famous and Not-so-famous

How do you decide if someone is famous? The quarterback of the high school football team or the fellow who advertises used cars ad nauseum may be well known, but are they famous? A famous writer is quoted, has a number of books (Harper Lee was an exception with only To Kill a Mockingbird until 2015 when her second book came out), and is in the news. Or has been in the news.

Some Tucson writers are famous. Some got famous long after they left Tucson — say Ray Bradbury or Susan Sontag who were children in Tucson. Joseph Wood Krutch and Harold Bell Wright were famous and retired here.

Some became famous when they were here and then left.  Barbara Kingsolver returned to her beloved Kentucky but she is certainly famous.

And some were famous and still live here and got more famous. J. A. Jance is one that has done that.

In the groups of not-so-famous writers we have a number of wonderful writing groups and excellent conferences and schools.  More on that next.




Write into the dark

This is the title of a recent book by Dean Wesley Smith and is often quoted by the Southern Arizona author Harvey Stanbrough and deals with that challenge of writing without planning or outlining your work. This process of “writing into the dark” can be used for fiction for short stories or novels and other writing.

Brain dump



Another description of this is the terminology of “planner” which defines the text you expect to write before you write the drafts or “pantser” which the author has no idea what to write but puts fingers to keyboard or pen to pad and make sentences that hopefully will come into a story.

With my screen, I seem to be writing into the white — putting dark words on the blank and unbroken screen.