We have all been told, many times, that good novels need “Tension, with a capital T.” I never thought of it as two kinds—Character tension, and Reader tension—until I opened Jane Friedman’s weekly blog on Sunday. I have posted a short article about it on Page six of my “Writing” Menu. I think you’ll find it worth your time. Check it out.
Had a great visit on Saturday from Craig MacCaullaugh, a former US Coast Guard Officer of about my vintage. He had purchased my book, View from the Rigging: Memoirs of a Coast Guard Career, and since he lived only two hours away he wanted to visit so I could sign his copy. We got together last Saturday and had a great day of swapping sea-stories and much more.
I like that my book has brought me a new friend from the “old Guard.”