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 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.
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.