I imagine I will have less and less to say about Sweetsmoke as time goes on. I am about to start the next book, about which I will be writing as little as possible (less than a handful of people know what the new project is, and I intend to keep it that way), and that will be my focus. I am happy that the basic information (and history) will be here for those who are just discovering the novel – a slow process of discovery, about which I am only just learning — but the ongoing blog thing seems to be something that requires big loud opinions about politics or sex, not necessarily the small, untidy ramblings of a writer. So I will continue to chat in my own way to friends and family and those who wish to tune in. It’s rather nice to have a small place to just blather, and here I will continue to be. By the way, what I meant about the slow process of discovery reading the novel is that many people who own the book have a pile of books to read, and pick and choose based on different criteria. It takes time to read an entire book, and you have to feel ready to pick up this book or that. Sometimes you just want a friendly little read, sometimes humorous, sometimes something with more meat and guts to it. So people are now discovering it slowly, and hopefully word of mouth will spread. In the movies, there are reviews on the day the movie comes to theaters and people go or they don’t go.
And as I’ve always said, if people don’t want to read the book, no one’s going to stop them. That is a bastardization of a Yogi Berra quote, thank you.