There’s a common myth that Abraham Lincoln experienced a lot of failures before he was elected president.
Truth is …
Here’s a revealing insight from William Herndon, Lincoln’s law partner who was possibly his closest personal relationship between 1844-1860. It gives us a peek into the way Lincoln processed information in making decisions. (more…)
Lincoln called New Year’s Day 1841 that ‘fatal 1st.’ He had just dishonored himself by breaking his engagement (a legal contract) with Mary Todd a few weeks before New Years Day when on that holiday his closest friend announced his intention to propose to Matilda Edwards (on whom Lincoln had a crush – an over whom he’d acted foolishly. On top of that, Jan 1, 1841 was the day the State of Illinois defaulted on a large debt Lincoln had led the legislature in approving. He believed his political career was finished.
I guess it’s never over ’till it’s over.
This is what I’ve been working on all year instead of blogging. It’s about half done. Hoping to finish by mid summer.
So it’s time for me to weigh in on the latest commercialization of our revered 16th President – I believe that Seth Grahame-Smith is an absolute …
So publishers don’t do advances, editing, or book promotion (unless you can sell anything you print your name on.) What are you to do, if you’re a writer? Options seem to be: don’t quit your day job or starve while you’re creating your opus. Or is there a third option? Hint: there are always more than two options.
Okay, so I’ve been quiet for a while. It happens. But I have a good excuse. It’s called Lincoln Raw – inside the legend. If you want to know whether it’s worth not hearing from me for a bit, try out the sample chapter on my website.
Lincoln Raw is an attempt to get intimate with the most pivotal president in our country’s history. To delve into the early life traumas that forged his emotions, and how his complex personality helped create the America we live in today.
It’s not a biography, it’s a story told by him in first person. I try hard to capture his storyteller’s voice throughout. And I interlace his early life experiences with decisions he made as an adult, to connect probable cause with potential effect.
Lincoln Raw is a work in progress. I’ll try to be more diligent about posting here. Especially now that I found the secret formula that lets me type new posts on my iPad.
In America we have rights. We have the right to express ourselves freely. And we have the right to remain silent. I guess there’s a time and place for everything, because rights have consequences. So, if you can’t bear the consequences, don’t exercise the right.
I just read a great story in a lousy book. The story kept me wanting to know what happens next. The writing screamed, I don’t care if you can’t decipher the story. Okay, but if that’s the way you feel, then I have the right to think you should tell your stories around a campfire, but not in a book. In fact, I look forward to an invite to your next camp out. I just don’t want to buy your next book – unless you give it to a competent editor first.
With the flood of poorly edited books these days, maybe every book should include the editor’s name and email address. That would be an appropriate exercise of free speech.
Do you have thoughts on rights and responsibilities? Chime in with a comment.
Here’s the difference between an argument and a discussion – in the latter all participants did their own homework. Arguments turn into yelling matches because at least one person is defending a position they don’t fully understand, something unsupported by facts and rooted in emotion.
I think (I call this speculation, but if I get too vested before I research the notion, I’ve got good fodder for an argument) the problem became pervasive with the invention of objective questions – multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false. From there it evolved to don’t explain the problem, just give me the answer.
At one point we got all our opinions from the liberal media. Today both sides get brainwashed (thank you ‘fair & balanced plus talk radio for evening the playing field in a game where everyone still loses.) Hey, if a talking head can mold my brain, why do I have to put out the effort to think?
So the risk in arguing is that everyone could be wrong. But in a discussion there’s value added by each contribution.
So the next time some one wants to think for you, just say no (okay, ‘no thank you’ if your mother’s tuned in.) After all, that simplistic slogan won the war on drugs, right.