That Case Is Not Here - June 2022 Newsletter
My god, it's June
Well now you’ve gone and done it, summer has arrived. I’ll be finishing up my writing on Sherbrooke this month and moving on to other things. Writing every week for six months has been a strain. I essentially get up at 5 a.m. every Sunday, and for the next three days, from 5 to 8 a.m. I knock out a piece. The good news is you won’t have to hear about this tiny enclave of Quebec for too much longer. The bad news is, I’ll probably take a break. I have some research I need to do for an upcoming project - not Quebec - that will take me for some time to New England. Look for me, but I’ll be gone. I need to refuel. This also means I’ll probably suspend the podcast for a while, but don’t worry, I have a plan.
I’m looking forward to being in some place on the water, getting up early with coffee, and writing with a looser agenda. If you don’t know, the weekly posts are translated into French, and then presented in a sister podcast called Québexique to a very specific, and local audience. It means the writing can’t be too creative, it needs to be direct and to the point. Irony doesn’t work. If I make a statement like, “He sure was a good cop”, no one in les Cantons de l'Est would know what I was talking about, they’d think I had a hard-on for police. So, some room to play will be welcomed.
acquire a temperance
My daughter was driving back to North Carolina, and as one does, she listened to some audio books on the road. Specifically, the Audible version of Wish You Were Here:
“Wow, you weren’t kidding, that really blows”
Yes it does, but don’t blame the actor. When Penguin Random House was preparing to record the project they came to me for advice. I warned them to play against the emotion of the text. The words will do the work for you, so your job is to read it pretty flat, that’s what creates density for the listener. But, no, don’t take the advice of the guy who’s been podcasting for six years. Don’t listen to the guy who’s performed half of Shakespeare’s plays. Go with your instincts and double-down on your termagant passion, split the ears of the groundlings. They’ll turn it off before the chapter ends, and never recommend the book. I warned them.
You can buy, then read the book here.