Early influences

A couple of my early favorite authors were and still are Mark Twain (AKA Samuel Clemens) and Rudyard Kipling. I think Twain still has the best comment on Pacific Coast weather: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”

Probably my favorite work of Twain is Letters From the Earth. His ascerbic social commentary does my heart good. My friend Carol Allen was kind enough to share a bit of his newly released autobiography at a writing workshop last Saturday. I’ll have links up soon for these and other recommendations to make it easy for you to browse and buy. Check back, as I’ll also share a bit from that workshop and from the California Crime Writers Conference I attended the previous weekend in Pasadena, California.

I just reread “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” from Kipling’s The Jungle Book. You’ll find it about the two-thirds point of that wonderful short story collection. I enjoyed it as much now as when I was young. Timeless. A tale of a true warrior, a lesson in duty, persistence, and confidence.

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