A Brief Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald on His Birthday

Encore post from 5 years ago.

A Small Press Life

Dear Scott,

Another year has gone by, and I still find you as enigmatic and problematic as ever. You, who could write such beautiful words, ruffle my feathers like few others. You, who squandered such exemplary gifts, frustrate me to the point of madness. Although I’ve never loved you, not even a bit, I have spent some wonderful time in your company. At this point in the game, I realize that I will never stop questioning you and, in questioning you, relentlessly, learn more about myself than I ever cared to know. Happy birthday, you beautiful bastard.

Yours (but not really),

Maedez

F. Scott Fitzgerald by Gordon Bryant. Shadowland, 1921. F. Scott Fitzgerald by Gordon Bryant. Shadowland, 1921.

“I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”-This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Connected Worlds Podcast: Episode 2

The second ep of the Connected Worlds Podcast is up! In it, Kev and I discuss the writing process both in general and how it relates to EoWS

This is the first podcast we’ve recorded while living on different continents. Boy, did it come with some technical challenges! We worked through ’em, though. 

Thanks for listening!

[Mae’s Writing Days] I Finished a Script… and it Feels so Good!

I finished my first script for Epic of World Saga yesterday. It took me a little less than two hours to write, which is not as impressive as it sounds. The completed episode should come in at around 10, maybe 12 minutes.

Frances Marion (1918)

Although short, this episode is important for a few reasons. It marks the introduction of my lead character, Hilda, while simultaneously imparting important world-building information and setting up the next entry in the series (the latter of which is a true EoWS rarity, as we normally don’t move things along in chronological order). 

Hilda has been living in my brain for nearly a year, so it is incredibly fun to finally free her from those confines and see what she can achieve in her world. I’d like to think she’s off to a fine start. You can find out for yourself when the episode airs in September.

A Bookstore is Gone, Long Live the Books! Part 10-The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English

A local used bookstore recently closed after 25 years. They had a fantastic going-out-of-business sale. While part of me feels “guilty” for taking advantage of their sad circumstances, the rest (and logical) part of me knows that they needed to sell as many books as possible. Through these books, a bit of their entrepreneurial and intellectual spirit will live on. With that idea in mind, I’m doing a limited-run series where I’ll spotlight each of the volumes I “adopted” from this sweet little shop. Shine on, you bookish gems!

Today’s selection? The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English by Lorna Sage.

The Cambridge Guide to Women’s Writing in English

DETAILS:

  • TITLE: THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO WOMEN’S WRITING IN ENGLISH
  • AUTHOR: LORNA SAGE
  • PUBLISHED: 1999
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

WHY I BOUGHT IT:

A reference book dedicated to (English-language) women writers? Sign. Me. Up. One can never own too many books by and about women writers.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re enjoying the series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.