I'm still reflecting on my recent experience doing my one-man play based on Ben Franklin, thus the title of this post.
One of the things that has struck me as I read Franklin's words is how much he talked about happiness and pleasure. He was the man responsible for adding the words, "Pursuit of Happiness" to our Declaration of Independence. For Franklin, happiness wasn't just idle carelessness. He remained engaged all of his life, in support of his business, his family, scientific and civic causes.
We all go through stages in our lives. As I've gotten older, I find that pursuing happiness is a worthy enterprise. I don't know how many years I'll have left on this earth (although a recent interaction with my investment brokerage firm suggests that actuarial tables give me 26 and a half more...
On January 12 - 15, I will be performing my one-man play BEN FRANKLIN: AN INGENIOUS LIFE at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, FL. You can find more information and purchase tickets at http://benfranklin.eventbrite.com
I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with Ben to get his perspectives on modern American life.
Q: Wondering what you think about our members of Congress?
Ben: Well, I don't know any of them, but if they are the way they were back in my day, I know that when we assemble representatives for the benefit of their joint wisdom, we inevitably invite all their prejudices, their passions, errors of opinion, local interests, and selfish views. How can a perfect product be expected?
The new year will soon be upon us. As I have for the last several years on this blog, it is a time for reflection and renewal.
With the recent release of COLD OATH, I now have eight published novels, six in my Brad Frame series and two standalone suspense novels.
I've been mulling my next writing challenges. In 2017, I plan to write a Brad Frame short story, which will probably be in the 15,000 word range. My expectation is to share this story to introduce readers to the Brad Frame character, and hopefully generate more interest in the six novels that are already a part of the series.
I've enjoyed writing the suspense novels, and I'd like to tackle another one in 2017.
In mid-January, I'll be performing my one-man Ben Franklin play in Orlando at the John & Rita...
Whether you're a devoted reader of my blog, an occasional visitor, or stopping by for the first time, I wish you the best this holiday season.
Here is a link to a holiday story I first shared last year. It is my gift to you. www.rayflynt.com/spiritofchristmas.pdf
If you'd like to give me a gift (hint, hint) :-) just share that link with your friends. Hopefully, they'll enjoy the story and it will expose them to my novels. Hey, maybe they'll even buy one of my books as a gift for one of their friends this holiday season.
I look forward to spending the holidays with friends. There are a group of us that rotate among each other's homes for meals during the two week period of Christmas/New Years. It is a fun time!
No matter what holiday you might be celebrating...
"Oh, that's too scary for me." With those words posted on social media, a person who had read several of my books announced that they wouldn't be reading EMBALMED because of their reaction to the cover.
That got me thinking about the broader topic of what reader's see (or don't see) in my books/stories.
I had started reading Agatha Christie's Poirot series about the time that the movie Murder on the Orient Express, starring Albert Finney as Poirot, was released. Thereafter, I couldn't read a Poirot without picturing Finney in the character. Later, after seeing David Suchet create the character, he became a more enduring image in my mind.
I've had readers tell me that they wish my Brad Frame character was more fully described. I'd prefer for my readers to conjure their own pic...