R.I.P., T.S. Paul

I regularly listen to a handful of podcasts for indie authors. These shows  rely heavily on guest appearances. Usually the guests are indie authors who have found success, and are willing to share their secrets. 

About three years ago, T.S. Paul started appearing on these shows. I knew immediately that he and I were two different kinds of people, and different kinds of authors. I could also tell that he was a bright guy, and worth watching. I figured that I could learn from him. 

T.S. Paul rejected much of the standard advice for indie writers. He didn’t believe in review-begging, for one thing. (Several times I heard him say in interviews, “I don’t care about reviews.”) He didn’t believe in making any of his titles free for mass giveaways, either. (He also once said, “I don’t believe in free.”) Continue reading “R.I.P., T.S. Paul”

Kenny Rogers 1938 – 2020

Kenny Rogers passed away yesterday. The singer was 81 years old.

Kenny Rogers had his heyday as I came of age. He was a country western singer; and in the early 1980s, no self-respecting suburban adolescent male  would have admitted to a liking for country music. But I liked Kenny Rogers, nonetheless.

His best songs were fine examples of lyric storytelling. “Coward of the County”, “The Gambler”, “Long Arm of the Law”, and “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille”. Each one of these songs creates a little movie in your head, when you listen to it.

As noted above, Kenny Rogers’s music was ubiquitous in the early 1980s. We heard less from him in the new century, and he retired for good in 2015.

He’ll be missed, but his music lives on, of course.

Kenny Rogers, 81, R.I.P.

Clive Cussler dead at 88

Clive Cussler, best known as the author of the Dirk Pitt adventure series, has passed away at the age of 88.

He had a long career. Cussler’s first Dirk Pitt novel was published in 1973. He kept writing right up till the very end, albeit with the help of cowriters. His last book came out in 2019.

He will be missed, both by intimates as well as strangers.

Eighty-eight, though, represents a good, long run. Cussler’s life, moreover, seems to have been a happy and fulfilled one.

No one will claim that Cussler’s books were classic literature. They were fun, however.

Arguably we need more fiction like that—Cussler-esque stories that are just plain fun.

Clive Cussler (1931 – 2020), R.I.P.

Kobe Bryant, RIP

I’m not even a basketball fan, yet even I knew who Kobe Bryant was.  I made brief mention of him here some time ago, in regard to his writing and publishing projects. 

The loss of Bryant’s 13 year-old daughter made this accident all the more tragic. 

And of course, the other people who lost their lives in the crash.

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become politically charged in recent years, and—some would say—a bit of a cliché. But there’s nothing political about something like this. 

Thoughts and prayers for the departed, and for those they left behind. 

Another Kennedy tragedy

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has died.  Ms. Hill was only 22. She would have graduated college next year.

At the present time, there are no details regarding the circumstances of her death. News reports, however, mention that she was suffering from depression.

A generation ago, when JFK and RFK were more recent memories, there used to be talk of a “Kennedy curse”.

You’re rolling your eyes, I know. But the fact remains: An uncanny number of Kennedys have died young: JFK, RFK, Joe Kennedy Jr., JFK Jr., and now Sairose Kennedy Hill.  These unusual deaths span more than seventy years–from World War II to the present.

Whatever your beliefs about the Kennedy curse, or the political shadow of this powerful family, no one should lose their life at twenty-two.  Our prayers go out to her family and loved ones.

Sairose Kennedy Hill, 22, RIP.