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.