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Feedback

I started writing on WordPress as a kind of experiment.  As a new user, with no contacts I wanted to see what would happen if I posted something.  Would anyone see it? Would anyone like it? Would I ever know; is there feedback coming my way?

Feedback?  Yes.  Most of it, however, is Spam.  Infomercials and con artists.  There were a few actual artists in the bunch but it was time-consuming to weed through in order to separate the wheat from the chaff.

This is frustrating because I threw some pretty good reading at these “people”, though it is not readily apparent that any actual human ever read any of my work.  None of it was referenced in any criticism.  It is confounding, really.  This has been almost as satisfying as my two-year search for a New York literary agent.  I am working on my fifth novel and still no success.

Bookshelf

A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shape of Walther PPK

Shape of Walther PPK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nice work Adoptingjames

I’m reading Hemingway and Salinger: A Farewell to Arms and Nine Stories.  Also A Moveable Feast and an anthology: USA noir.  Anxiously awaiting the treasure cache of work J. D. Salinger is supposed to have left behind.  I didn’t read all of the best books when I was young.  I waited until I was 50 to read some of the greatest American novels.  It was fun savoring The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye after waiting all this time to read them, among others like To Have and Have Not.  I also have on hand The Sun Also Rises, The Last Tycoon, This side of Paradise, Brave New World, and One Lonely Night by Mickey Spillane.  Some others on my shelf:

The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth

The Odessa File – Frederick Forsyth

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John LeCarre

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service -Ian Fleming

From Russia with Love – Ian Fleming

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John LeCarre

Tough Guys Don’t Dance – Norman Mailer

The Ax – Donald Westlake

The Bell Witch, An American Haunting – Brent Monahan