I may be less visible this month as I dive into NaNoWriMo again. I always joke that every month is novel writing month for me, but I like the extra push to get a project done and it’s nice to not be alone in trying to write furiously. I’m doing what I have sworn never to do (as seems inevitable) by writing a roman à clef. We shall see how it goes. Additional inspiration comes from teaching Lucky Jim this semester which called to mind Decline and Fall and which eventually led me to a new volume, Porterhouse Blue (next up, looking for the television series based on it).

The provisional title Hire Idiots comes from Blake, which will surprise no one who knows me:

Degrade first the arts if you’d mankind degrade,
Hire idiots to paint with cold light and hot shade.

I’m also raising funds for NaNoWriMo. Even a dollar can help with their efforts to promote the joy of writing to kids in schools and people struggling with literacy. Click here to give: writing matters!

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