Author Archives: tkflor

Perseverance and stamina – a lesson 40 years after The Empire Strikes Back

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” -Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back One of the things that distinguishes a classic from a random highly successful book or movie is that one can return to a classic decades after it … Continue reading

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Moving the needle – 200 years since Ørsted experiment

The first connection between electricity and magnetism was found by Ørsted on 21 April 1820. Hans Christian Ørsted (14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish scientist. He became a professor at the University of Copenhagen in 1806. His … Continue reading

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Becoming Superman

“Style was the clothes; voice was the body. The instant I hit that realization I felt a circuit close inside me, switching on an engine in my brain. Suddenly all the little unrelated things I knew about writing (or brashly … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the institution of Marriage

“…I am not romantic, you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connections, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most … Continue reading

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William Blake in the twenty first century

Reader! lover of books! lover of heaven, And of that God from whom all books are given, Who in mysterious Sinai’s awful cave To Man the wondrous art of writing gave, Again he speaks in thunder and in fire! Thunder … Continue reading

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The Stranger from Paradise, A Biography of William Blake

Portrait of William Blake by Thomas Philips (1807). G. E. Bentley Jr’s biography of William Blake, The Stranger from Paradise, follows the creative life of a promising young artist, whose genius and unconventional mindset, both fueled his art and hindered … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel: to publish or not to publish

“Whether I’ll publish the story depends on whether others like it.” Myself, January 2019. I ended my last post prophesying that the decision about publishing the nearly complete manuscript would be based on my readers’ reaction to the story. This … Continue reading

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