Donald Michael Platt
- Winter Haven, FL, USA
- member since July 29, 2008
Donald Michael Platt’s last login was Monday, October 25, 2010.
Mr. P...thanks for writing back - cool!
it all makes sense that you have a writing career...while I think you may have been discreet with mentioning that to students, not certain I was at Fairfax when you did creative writing class...book purchase in my future!
absolutely, I remember, though have not been in touch with, former students you've mentioned (perhaps this will be lead-in to conversation at next reunion)...actually, Jean Marie and I were neighbors for two years after my parents moved to duplex that she and her mother shared (families continued...I left for own apt year after graduation)
wondering: have you been in touch with Barry Lander?...US Attorney office San Diego...married 25 yrs+...Donna...two children...small world: several years ago, met up with sister Jody and husband through kids' activities
re: Facebook...haven't done - often rely on serendipity to reconnect (this correspondence is case in point)
have thought of - and mentioned - you much during the last 36(!) yrs...reminiscing about wonderful senior dinner invitation to your home...epiphany during 11th grade US history: contrast between semester oral reports (humor sprung in Spring)...passing AP Euro (modest 3...but 10 college credits helped qualify me for a minor in History!) and getting a CUU (CUE?) in class because I didn't do term paper (motivation-less and miffed since I wasn't "going off to college")...and, a saying I seem to recall: "you're not happy, you just think you are" (or is that my imagination?)...all that and more - your classes were the best
and then: in 1987, which coincides with your leaving Fairfax, I considered pursuing teaching...contacted Mr. Schoenman for reference (you know of his passing several years ago?)...went path for emergency credential...tentative hire with LAUSD (social studies, middle school), and then decided not...year of getting married also (husband is LAUSD/Dorsey grad, Japanese American, met through work), and devoted energy to that and renewing interest in career at the time (building systems engineering...long story)
fast-forward 2004-ish: knew that I wanted to re-pursue teaching...English...qualified by exam (college major: Psychology, UCSB '77)... accepted to LAUSD District Intern program...at Gardena High School...three yrs teaching-working towards clear credential...just finished June...wow
family: husband Richard; two children...Nathan (19yrs, 2nd year at Santa Barbara City College), Natalie (17yrs, senior...academically focused; AP Euro last year!...hoping for east coast college - UConn)...we live north of downtown LA...La Crescenta received some press recently...adjacent to La Canada Flintridge - Station fire (we were evacuated from Sat aft through Tues...all good now)
nota bene: parents sold 31 Flavors in 1986...moved to LV, NV...my mom continues well though my step-father passed away, will be 10 yrs December
all leads to reflection...staying balanced...always seeking insight and more laughter!
on that note, will keep in touch here and there...take care - B
Just finished reading Rocamora and enjoyed a fine book - moved along smartly, characters well-drawn, kept up the suspense to the end. Hope it's very successful.
Did notice some errata you may want to clean up in future editions. For details, shoot me an email to email@example.com and I'll reply privately.
BTW: Is RAVENSWINGBOOKS.COM going to get a real website running? Do they need help with it? (When I'm not writing, I'm programming).
Tagging is a way for readers to find your book on Amazon by searching for specific keywords. If, for example, you have a mystery book, readers might find it by searching for the word "investigation" or "murder."
To tag a book, all you have to do is follow these easy steps:
1) Go to Amazon and enter the book title
2) Scroll down until you see the tag section
3) Check the boxes next to the tagged words (or add some words if you don't see any)
4) Then exit (you don't have to save or anything)
I hope this helps, Donald. I went ahead and tagged Rocamora for you.
(I'll leave my link below; you can just check on all the boxes you see.)
I saw your post in History Fiction group. I am interested in your WWII novel about flying aces. My father was a commanding officer of a F/18 fighter squadron in the Navy. Your book would be of interest to him. Please let me know so that I can give him the information about this book. Is your novel Rocamora also about fighter aces? THank you for your time
I just popped across to see how your November feature ended up. I couldn't get in. It's a private group, now. LOL. Thank goodness we weren't locked out earlier in Novemember or we wouldn't have been able to communicate, there.
I hope you found the month worthwhile,
Thank you for adding a name to my newsletter list. If you feel like commenting on a book or movie or anything to do with leisure you'd be most welcome. All the best,
I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Rocamora sounds like an interesting character. Certainly the history of Jews in Europe, particularly Spain, offers an epic scope, from the Golden Age of the Moors through the later expulsions and persecutions. How individuals reacted to this environment does indeed speak to universal issues. I look forward to reading it, please keep us posted when it is released, along with purchase info.
I agree that in HF particularly the time and place must be made real to the readers. Most novels, HF or otherwise are equivalent to representational art, as opposed to abstract art. (Who is the literary equivalent to Picasso? Joyce?)
I am working on two novels at the moment, one based on the life of Sir William Johnson who lived among the Iroquois, the other on William the Marshal. I picked them because they were very influential in their worlds, yet are generally not as well known as they deserve. In these works, I am not attempting more than entertainment, both for readers and for myself in writing them.
I work on 'light writing' when I need to a relief from more serious writing, yet it may well be the 'light writing' will be more successful than my attempts to say something more profound. Ideally, of course, I would like to create something both profound and entertaining. I can only hope, and keep on pounding the keys.
My poor husband is often neglected.
If he calls home outside the lunch hour, he gets to talk to the answering machine. I'll get up at 2 or 3 in the morning to scribble something down, then put my cold feet on his when I get back into bed. He'll come home from work and find me hunched over the desk in the office, unwashed and uncombed, no dinner, the mail uncollected and breakfast dishes in the sink.
Dan has five unfinished novels, two critique groups, three book clubs, one on-line course, and stacks of books, to compete with for my attention.
I certainly don't want to search for inspiration in the same bottle that Hemingway (and so many other writers) did.
But I don't quite get the ruthlessness that Faulkner meant.
Did he mean that writers should be willing to sacrifice their relationships in pursuit of their art?
On the writers' group page, you mentioned the Paris Review interviews of authors and wondered if they'ed been published. Yes indeed, they have.
The Paris Review Interviews, vols. I and II, crackle.
Volume I opens with the 1956 interview with Dorothy Parker, then moves on to Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway. I found my hand over my mouth while reading Kurt Vonnegut's memories of Dresden. Borges, Bellow, Eliot, West and more; they're all there.