Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I thought I'd put this day aside to look at some of the comments I've got in the last couple of weeks.

Let's start with that wonderful post by Myndi Shafer:

"I want to do this right.  I want to grow.  I want the pain of criticism and rejection to spur me on to do better things than I would have otherwise.  I want to be able to say I gave this story everything I had, that I didn’t cut corners.  Even if, in the end, it never sees the light of day, I want to be able to look at it and know the real success in the endeavor can be found in the process – in the growing, the changing, the learning."

It was just such a great from the heart post about how tough it is trying to get started in the writing business. Her husband Thomas was a big hit too. No matter what enterprise you're trying to get off the ground I guess we all know the difference it makes having someone standing right there beside you.
Please find Myndi's blog at:  
Myndi had Prudence reaching the tissues. Debra put her hands together for Thomas. Lynette, Sandra and Anthony had felt the same way and offered words of encouragement and support. Which is I guess what we all need more than anything when we 're trying to tough it out.

The post about Robert Downey Junior asking people to forgive Mel drew a few reactions.  

Melinda thought that well, no one is perfect and thank God we don't have to live our lives under the microscope - as actors do. Myndi agreed: we're all going to mess up, and we're all going to need forgiveness at some point.

Emma asked though: is he sorry for being a racist and a misogynist, or for being caught? Prudence felt that he should ask for our forgiveness, but that he might need to earn our trust again. Mangler (a pretty ferocious kind of handle - someone I would NEVER disagree with)  disagreed and felt that forgiveness should not have any caveats whatever.

If you're interested here's the video of what Robert Downey said in his speech.


Anthony really didn't agree with what I had to say about this year's Man Booker prize and the suggestion that it was dumbed down. He thought I was the one being elitist. And he'd read 'Satanic Verses' so he'd well earned his right of reply!

Wendy thought that writers who don't write with an eye to the reader's enjoyment won't ever get her dime. Lara though pretty much came down on my side on this one (And I do think 'well torn' is better than 'well told' in this context!)

If you're not sick of the debate, here's what Graham Joyce had to say about it in last Friday's Guardian. 

There was Pongwiffy, my post about Junior starting university a few weeks ago.  

Liz liked this one. I was pleased because she's one of my favourite bloggers. She has a great book review site right here: and she's also one of the funniest people on twitter. It's like stream of consciousness only with wit and moleskin journals. Look for her at @LizUk.  

The other big like came from Michelle. If you like historical fiction you should check out her 'cutest blog on the block' at 

By the way Junior is now reading Beowulf. 

On Friday I have the funniest commercial ever made. You could lose a morning's work watching this on a loop. (In fact, I did.) It's from Samantha Warren and I'll tell you a bit more about her then.


  1. I do Watercooler Wednesdays, too, Colin! I guess you figured the way I did that, hey, the blog space is sort of a watercooler, right? Great WANA1011's think alike! Nice to visit you; check ya later!

  2. Enjoyed this post, Colin. Nice use of the comments to share with us all and to round up the various views of your readers. Very interesting! Thanks!