Timeless Advice and Less Interesting Things

First up, and this is because I didn’t realise quite how eagle-eyed you splendid folks are, an apology. Yes, I posted something here yesterday and yes I took it down. Why? Mostly because it was boring.  

What I said was I’d been feeling a bit lonely and sad, mostly because I’d been reading through old blog posts (from this time last year) and musing on how different things were and, as a consequence, how different I am now (I have improved). I also mentioned I was cross with myself for offending, quite unintentionally, a friend by being vague on Twitter when I was complaining about someone else.
There. Boring, see?
I met up with a couple of friends last night who’d spent last weekend at Hay-on-Wye. And, as they’re extremely lovely people they’d got me a little gift. A short story collection. Short Stories of Today it’s called and it’s from Harrap’s Modern English Series. It was published in 1924.
When I got in I read the Preface, written by J.W.M.. And this particularly struck a chord with me and also struck me as being something that could havce been written today and still be as relevant.
J.W.M. says: The short story…’generates its own power as it moves along. The difficulty with many beginners is bringing it to a standstill’.
I love that. I really, really do.

7 Comments on “Timeless Advice and Less Interesting Things

  1.  by  Tania Hershman

    I love that quote, explains why endings are so difficult. And I don't think any of us, your loyal blog readers, would find you boring!

  2.  by  Rachel Fenton

    What a great quote (and I can't help thinking, that picture would make a great alternative cover for Short Circuit – just love the wires in the back of the shot!)

  3.  by  annie clarkson

    love the book, it looks like a real book, the old kind, that smell like books and feel like books, and there is a pleasure just from holding it in your hand.ps. not boring, personal is never boring, in fact quite the contrary xx

  4.  by  Nik Perring

    Thanks folks. The quote's brilliant, isn't it! Rachel there are A LOT of wires on my desk!Thanks Megan. You're so right, Annie. (Though I'm quite boring by nature!)N

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