More questions. More help. Introducing Mastering Table Topics Second Edition.

Why I can’t write a roman à clef

Not that type of Roman

Not that type of Roman.

While The Remainders is being considered for publication, I will post spoiler-free commentaries about the issues and themes I cover in the book. This is the first installment of the series.

The Remainders is a personal story, but it is not a roman à clef. You won’t be able to say Character A = Person B and even a character who seems like someone really isn’t.  This isn’t just a writing choice. I tried writing a roman à clef years ago, and I didn’t even finish the first draft. Here are the problems I see in that style.

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What is good technology — The trouble with obsolescence

Replacing an old MacBook Pro with a new one.

Next week, Apple will announce a bunch of new products. But I couldn’t wait for Tim Cook to unveil the new MacBook Pro that has been rumored about for months. I had to replace mine before the logic board died completely. I had my early-2011 15-inch MacBook Pro for nearly 4 1/2 years. That’s usually considered a good run for a laptop. My favorite Windows laptop, a blue HP Pavilion I used to write Offline, lasted that long. But for an Apple product, 4 1/2 years doesn’t seem long enough.

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Investing in retrospect

Sheldon Stern photo and quoteMy dad died on August 31, 1986. This week not only marks the 30th anniversary of his death, I’m now as old as he was when he died. This has given me a lot to think about.

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My visit to the Little Free Library

LFL2016_CoverEver hear of the Little Free Library? If you haven’t, it’s a worthwhile program that encourages reading and builds communities. If you’re a writer, it’s also a good way to get the word out about your books.

Recently, I visited a new Little Free Library in my community of Lake Forest, California. I wanted to see one in person and donate a copy of my book Mastering Table Topics. Let’s take a look.

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All right, Rams. I’ll give you a second chance.

A display of Rams balloons at a local supermarket

I wasn’t too happy at first about the Rams returning to Los Angeles. It wasn’t because I didn’t like football or the Rams. I loved the Rams growing up. They were my NFL team. I loved Merlin Olsen, Rosie Grier, Roman Gabriel, Vince Ferragamo, Eric Dickerson, and all of those Youngbloods. I loved them when they wore blue-and-white and blue-and-gold. I was excited when the Rams made it to the Super Bowl in 1980. I was even excited when they finally won as the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. Then, Georgia Frontiere said in her victory speech that she made the right choice moving the Rams to St. Louis — a final twist of the knife in the backs of Los Angeles fans who stayed loyal for years. After that, the hell with the Rams.

So, why would I give the Rams another chance after they screwed over fans in three cities? (Let’s not forget about Cleveland.)

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