1904

The Year Everything Important Happened

Thank You

Self-Portrait in the window of F.W. Sweny & Co. Ltd, Dispensing Chemists, 1 Lincoln Place, Merrion Square, Bloomsday, June 16, 2018, Dublin

My deepest thanks to all you faithful followers of 1904, The Year Everything Important Happened. And also to the many occasional drop-ins and anonymous visitors over the years, since 2007. It’s been a while since I have posted but please know I’ve not been idle. I traveled to Dublin for Bloomsday this year. I traced the steps of our hero Leopold Bloom, walked the streets of a city I’ve only ever known from the pages of Ulysses and Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; I visited Sweny’s where Bloom bought lemon verbena soap for Molly,  and I walked Nassau Street and stood outside Finn’s Hotel where Nora Barnacle worked as a chambermaid and finally said yes to the young James Joyce, to go out for a walk with him, on June 16th 1904.

I have been busy editing the latest draft of “Time Fall, 1904” and so I have neglected this blog space longer than is fair or decent. A representative of the hosting site called yesterday to ask if I would like to save some money and consolidate the domain site georgesnyder.org with this one, or eliminate one or the other. Or both. I have some time to decide, until February, before they expire. To be fair, the average blog only lives for five years, and I’m way past that.

In the meantime, I’ve been archiving entries. Some will reappear in altered form in the novel. Some have been deservedly deleted, relegated to the dustbin of idle thoughts fleetingly expressed, and the rest will be packed away in a trunk with other writing efforts. I had a teacher who said a writer needs a trunk full of writing that never sees the light of day and no one but the author ever reads; not everything, he said, is worth sharing with the world.

But oh, this has been fun, writing this blog, sharing it with you, keeping me focused and thoughtful and feeling connected with life and the world. Such fun, the whole process.  I hope it has been a little entertaining for you, Gentle Reader. You’ve been very kind.

I’ll let you know what happens with the novel. And meanwhile, say yes whenever you can, say yes to the world, say yes to Love and Life.

Love Life.

Thank you.

GS

10 Comments

  1. Babs from Los Altos

    July 24, 2018 at 8:28 am

    It’s refreshing to hear that someone still
    “Loves Life”

  2. Your entries have given me countless hours of entertainment and insight — some of your turns of phrase alone are so delicious that I have updated them many times. And the Maughamiam observation on the nature of life.
    My blog is way past its natural expiration date as well – I consider it a time capsule that will perhaps be read thousands of years from my now by internet archeologists and and curators trying to understand our moment and history. And who knows if we won’t be intergalactic bestsellers in 3674? It’s a slight comfort, imagining a future recognition, when the lack of a current one dredges up that occasional flash of bitterness or envy.
    But something tell me the current year has some major pleasant surprises in store for us both. xxxxx

  3. There’s life in the old girl yet, Ida.

    Belles lettres needs you.

    The world needs you!

  4. Keep writing! I’m sure there is more to 1904 to be explored!

  5. Dear George,
    Great for Dublin and even greater for the novel.
    We havn’t been kind, we have been interested! What a wonderful journey following you. Keep the good hard work of writing. Et merde pour la suite 🙂

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