Thursday, June 13, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Naming a book is like naming a child – it’s a task fraught with emotion. The title for my new book was a mystery to me after I compiled favorites from more than three decades of writing. I read and re-read the essays and poems and realized they covered too many emotions to name. A theme emerged, but how could I express it?…something about finding happiness after a family tragedy.
I asked friends, family, and blog readers to help me select a title. They were generous with their ideas, but the votes came to a stalemate, with a tie between "The Dance of Life" and "Waking Up." Nothing felt right. The mystery sat and stared, stubborn.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
I haven’t written a blog post in a while because I’ve been on fire working on a book. It’s a collection of new personal essays and poems, along with favorites from my award-winning syndicated column...all nonfiction.
In other words, the book is a bunch of short bits...or as some would call it, bathroom reading.
I’m in a jam. I have an idea for a title, but I’m not sold on it. The last time I put together a book like this, I named it by borrowing from one of the essays within. I have always loved that title: Calling all Horses. I think those words are just quirky enough to get a reader’s attention. That quirkiness also captures my, um, slightly skewed view of life.
Another reason I like the title Calling all Horses is that it’s short and easy to say. I’ve found that when you write a book, you say the title over and over…and over. My novels also have short titles that are easy to repeat – Dog Woman and Don’t Worry Baby. I like short.
My new book will carry this title or something like it: [Blank], And Other Glimpses of an American Life. The subtitle is of course And Other Glimpses of an American Life. The [Blank] part is the main title, and it's where I’m stuck. So I’m asking for your help.