Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.

Archive - July, 2013

posted by Ed Farber on July 31, 2013

The following came to me over the internet by a friend of mine. I have no idea who wrote it (and it probably could have been written better) but it’s very appropriate to those of us who have reached the winter of our lives and to younger people, too, so I thought I would reprint it here:

"Here it is, the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But here it is, my friends are retired and getting gray, they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than I, but I see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant, but like me, their age is showing. And, we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

If you're not in your winter yet, let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life do it quickly. Don't put things off too long. Life goes by quickly. Do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not. You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life, therefore live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past."

Check out my Interview on Indie Spotlight
posted by Ed Farber on July 16, 2013

A while back I received an email from Paula Ocull who asked if I would like to be a featured author on the Indie Spotlight site. It took me about two seconds to email back a big YES. She interviewed me and I sent my vital info to her. Check it out at:

I'm still so new at this that it's like a kid getting free candy. I'm an old kid, to be sure, but it's a great feeling. Unless you are a public figure, you don't often get a spotlight shown on you.


Getting ready for a print version of a book
posted by Ed Farber on July 4, 2013

My two books have been out there for ebook readers, but I received a lot of feedback from folks who would like to see, hold and read a printed edition. I must admit that I love printed books, too. And so I am in the process of having print versions published. I'm used to preparing stuff for printing. Afterall, I was in the ad business in my pre-retirement days and supervised the production of tons of printing material, but no books!

I have read dozens of online articles on the process of formatting for print to prepare myself for the ordeal. Well, it turns out that it is not quite the ordeal I imagined. Being the do-it-yourself type and having the background I do, I designed the interior of the book myself.

Did you know that designing the inside of the book is usually a job for a specialist? It includes specifing and sizing the typefaces, setting the margins, headlining, spacing and many other factors that determine how the reading material looks. Not easy to do or learn. If you look at the copyright page in a book you will often see the name of the cover designer and the book interior designer.

The hardest part for me was re-formatting using the newer version of Word (I had previously used Word 2003) and was unfamiliar with the later set-up. Once I figured that out, I followed the steps outlined by a number of knowledgable online bloggers who outlined the procedures used to format for CreateSpace.The books will be printed by CreateSpace and distributed through Amazon. I'll keep posting on the progress.

I'm happy to report that Echoes of Clara Avenue is almost ready. I've yet to complete the cover and back cover formatting, but I'm working at it--with time out for writing this post.