Well, all write! . . . . .

2 chairs by ocean

2 chairs by ocean

People ask me when I write, what I write, and how I write. I thought about that this morning when I woke at some ungodly hour and couldn’t get back to sleep. As I sometimes do, I got up, made myself a cup of cocoa and had it with a thin butterfly-looking cookie I buy at Dollar General. By then I was too awake to go back to bed so I just said “Well, all write.”

I have never been a morning person. I have always stayed up late, so I usually sleep until 8:00. Yet, in these past few years, alone, free from many burdens and free to do as I please, some of my habits have changed.  Early and fresh from sleep and not yet hammered with negative news, my mind is open and there is room there for new ideas. So if I should just happen to put my laptop in my lap, where it belongs, my fingers go to the keys and ideas start to flow. I know I’m getting some help because I’m not smart enough to think up some of this stuff.

This morning I wrote letters to librarians in eastern Nebraska, asking if I could visit and give a reading from my new book or, in some cases, from both books. For me, this is fun, and I am amazed at how many people show up for readings. It is great to meet them, and it is helpful when they purchase my book, since I bore the cost of publication. Sometimes they buy extra copies for gifts.

My Half of the Conversation, my new book, is ready now to publish and I am choosing the cover. I have narrowed it down to three, a cover designer is putting the words on all three, and then I must choose. If you would like to help, please choose the cover you would most likely be attracted to in a bookstore. Remember that this is non-fiction, a book of thoughts and ideas, with no sluts. I’d appreciate your opinion on the cover, which I must choose soon. Write your choice here in “Comments.”

Mahalo.  (Thanks)

D. M.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LaRae Worden
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:30:41

    I choose the butterflies. It is a beautiful depiction of your free thoughts that seem to flutter from your mind.

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  2. livetheloveyouare
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 07:51:48

    I would be attracted to the butterflies though the two chairs also fit the title of the book.

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  3. Kathy
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 08:25:38

    Tough decision….I love the butterflies…..but the chairs remind me of you and Gene….so I am pondering which to choose…..I guess I’m not much help…..
    either would be delightful!

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  4. Sara Markland
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 09:03:57

    Re-read this…last paragraph….a book with no sluts???????????? Haha

    Sent with Aloha, Sara

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    • kamana2202
      Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:04:26

      Yeah, no sluts. No sleezy stories. No bad women. Hey, you didn’t leave a vote. I have 5 votes so far.

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  5. Dan Lester
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 15:33:24

    Chairs match the title. Butterflies match you. Third one is ugly and meaningless. Overall, butterflies, which are the other half as well.

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  6. Sara
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 15:56:45

    Ocean…if they can lighten the clouds. It suggests two people conversing.

    I don’t like the butterflies….too blue, almost garish. Has nothing to do with anything. Your book is too meaningful to have a silly cover.

    The blank one is not ugly, the title would stand out more, and it matches your first book, so the two together would look nice on a coffee table or shelf. I would like to see it made up with the title, etc. in a nice font. Moby Dick had a blank cover with just the name of the book….look how that turned out.

    So, there is absolutely no help at all!

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  7. John of the GMA
    Aug 10, 2017 @ 22:09:46

    I like the chairs.

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  8. Mary Kimpston
    Aug 18, 2017 @ 21:11:36

    I met you at Ellen Jackson’s funeral. She was my mentor and friend. I should have known a dear friend of hers would be so articulate and thoughtful. I love reading your blog and I am going to try to order your book. I like any cover you like. I can’t wait to get more of your books. You are amazing. God bless.

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  9. Ginger Garvey
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 14:49:46

    The chairs! So, so, many reasons…

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