While lazily re-reading the letters of Madame de Sévigné, as one so
often does at this time of year, I stumbled across a particularly
revealing review of a book released several centuries ago. Quoth the
This Morale of Nicole is admirable, and CléopatreThat prompted me to cast a hurried eye at the calendar, as you may
is going along nicely, but in no hurry; it is for odd moments.
Usually, it is reading this that lulls me to sleep — the large print
pleases me much more than the style.
imagine. “Good gravy!” I exclaimed. “Aspiring writers across this
great nation are about to be having Thanksgiving dinner with otherwise
charming relatives and friends who wouldn’t know literature if it were
floating in the cranberry sauce! It’s time to trot out my annual balm
for the souls of writers passing the mashed potatoes while trying to
answer well-meant questions like ‘So you’re a writer? What have you
published?’ and ‘What — you’re still working on that novel
after all this time?’ Not to mention the ever-popular ‘Oh, you’re
writing these days? I’d just assumed you’d given up on that dream.'”
And writers throughout the land groan with recognition. There,
there, campers — you didn’t think I was going to send you over the river
and through the woods without a few words of encouragement, did you?
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Author! Author! :: Anne Mini's Blog
Anne Mini grew up in the middle of a Zinfandel vineyard in the Napa
Valley, the daughter of California’s best-known 1930’s radical (subject
of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle) and the beatnik ex-wife of
renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick. She spent her childhood
continuing the Minis’ four hundred-year-old fine winemaking tradition;
her great-grandfather and great-uncle were purportedly the first
Americans to win a major enological prize in a European competition. By
the second grade, she already knew how to run a still.
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