Monthly Archives: September 2016
Art is Long and Life is Short . . .
How do you handle waiting while you are working on your art? (And believe me, it is art if you are dedicated to your craft.) I handle waiting by continuing to write, even without knowing if my effort will pay … Continue reading
An Excellent OCR Online Tool
Just discovered an excellent online site for converting .pdf image files into editable text. I’ve written on OCR before (internal link) and I know the process is far from perfect. But this site does a great job and it’s free. You … Continue reading
Stanton Delaplane and Paris
There is nothing like Paris in the Spring. The trees along the boulevards all trembling in the fresh spring breeze. The cleaning crews washing down the sidewalks in the cool Paris dawn. The sidewalk cafés at sunset with the crowded … Continue reading
Stanton Delaplane, Unrecognized Humorist
Stanton Delaplane, known by friends as Del, wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle for more than fifty years. I grew up reading his syndicated column which reached millions. His books were national best sellers. Yet despite his success, including winning the Pulitzer … Continue reading
A New Venture — Seeking a Co-Writer
For my book on Nevada agriculture I’ll need a qualified co-writer. I want to approach the University of Nevada Press but I am a non-academic and I have no college degree. What to do? I prepared a working sample chapter. … Continue reading
Now I Get It — Understanding Creative Nonfiction
When I signed up for my Creative Nonfiction Workshop (internal link) I did not know writing by that name was a genre. It is. As today’s kids would say, “It’s a thing.” I thought creative nonfiction a term to describe … Continue reading
Does Video Look Better at YouTube or Through WordPress?
My dividing agapanthus video now has over 45,000 views. (internal link) It’s clear that people like the video. And even clearer only a handful have followed its link to thomasfarleyblog.com. Still, video is popular. To support my upcoming book proposal I am launching … Continue reading
A Set of Behaviors?
I’ve been trying InDesign lately, to see if I can master it well enough to produce a sample book chapter. I can’t. I’ll stick with Word despite its shortcomings. I knew I was in trouble when I started exploring the … Continue reading