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I'm intrigued by one of the current giveaway books, 'Swans Are Fat Too,' for its Polish history and broadly-reaching narrative.  Even the description is well written and compelling.  But I can't click to win it until I blog, evidently.  So here I am.  I'm a novel writer and a tweeter -- I like little tiny snippets of news (and links, often) or I like long literary explorations -- ideally with plenty of dialogue and left-of-center humor. I like poetry!  And personal essay! But blogging, I'm not so sure.  It's supposed to be a web-log of my life, right?  I just never quite know where to start (or why) or when to end.  But hopefully this little addition will suffice because I do hope to click to win those fat swans in Poland.

And one more thing... if I ever do figure out how to do it, I think I'll blog about my recent conversation on Arabic tattoos with an Emirati pilot I met on a flight to Rome.  You never know where the most wonderful connections will occur.  I lost the little notebook I had with me that day (sadly got all giddy with my bad self at Paul McVeigh's book launch at Waterstones in London -- for 'The Good Son,' which I highly recommend, if you haven't read that), and I dropped said notebook, never to be recovered... it had my name in Arabic lettering, a gift from my pilot friend, who has now sent me a scan of my name by email and told me of a new tattoo he's inked on his thigh... a Biblical quote in Latin about resisting temptation.  See what I mean?  There are unimaginable riches to write about, but putting them into a story format worth delivering is often beyond me.  And until I can learn to gift-wrap an experience or a thought, I'm just not much of a blogger, I guess.  Still -- please wish me luck with the Swans.

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Fear of Flying
Erica Jong
In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume
""It was the year Frankie thought about the world. And she did not see it as a round school globe, with the countries neat and different-colored. She thought of the world as huge and cracked and loose and turning a thousand miles an hour." "
The Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers, The Member of the Wedding