Forward 2012

Posted By on July 6, 2012

A vague post today, like Obama’s 2012 campaign “slogan.” But forward nevertheless, if by fits and starts. I missed posting a blog Tuesday though I’d sworn to post one every Tuesday. Have to remind Siri, my iPhone helper, to remind me to do that, not to mention other tasks.

We spent the last week of June in Stone Harbor, a seaside New Jersey town we’ve enjoyed before. It was nice; only one grey day, the rest sunny, hot, perfect for the beach. The drive home was endless, but the vacation week was good. I read The Kings of Cool, Don Winslow’s “prequel” to Savages, along with Lou Berney’s Whiplash River, the sequel to Gutshot Straight. Easy, stimulating reads that strike deeper than you think. And I didn’t do any work on Invisible Soul.

Since I’ve been back, I’ve done a lot more work on that project. It has been accumulating Friends quickly, surging this past week. Seems the pictures that get the most attention are pix of old jazz scenes and of the Dazz Band. Which makes me think the page will explode if and when I post vintage pictures of the O’Jays—a possibility.

No book yet, though I’ve written several chapters. But the Facebook page has assumed a life of its own, branding the project before it’s executed. Marketing the idea via social media is working. Convincing the publishing industry to capitalize on that is another. My fingers remain crossed.


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