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.
Why Self-Publish?
posted by Ed Farber on April 2, 2013

I wrote in an earlier blog (September 22, 2012) that my main reason for self-publishing was that I was 80 years old and time was too precious to be wasted on finding an agent first, then a publisher, and finally on having it printed, more

About Indy Books
posted by Ed Farber on March 28, 2013

A lot has been written on line about the newest phenomenon in the publishing world. Indy publishing. That is publishing your book independent of the publishing houses that do it for you. Not that this is something new. In the past it was more

Hand in Glove--My Writing and Painting
posted by Ed Farber on March 22, 2013

The idea behind Echoes of Clara Avenue, the collection of short stories that I am putting together, is that people move into a neighborhood, live part of their lives there, and move on. Rarely does someone spend their entire life in one more

My Birthday
posted by Ed Farber on March 14, 2013

Today is my birthday. Turned 81. Just another day. The important birthdays have long passed: turning 21, turning 40, turning 65 (retirement age), turning 70, turning 80. The next will be 87 (four score and 7 years.) I should live so long! In more

Story Length and Rewriting
posted by Ed Farber on February 25, 2013

I wrote a detective story once. It ran over 5,000 words. I sent it to numerous publications and got turned down.  A couple of editors took the time to write and say they liked it, but it was too long. Most other magazines limited more

Book Titles are Not Copyrighted
posted by Ed Farber on February 15, 2013

My Ebook, Looking Back with a Smile, was originally entitled Looking Back Laughing, much stronger, I think. When I googled that title I found that it had been used by others. Mistakenly, I thought it couldn’t be used for my book. I more

On Short Stories
posted by Ed Farber on February 3, 2013

When I began to write fiction in earnest (I’d written some that were printed in The Harris Quarterly, a literary journal produced by my junior college) I chose to write short stories. A novel just seemed way beyond me at that time. This more

On the Passing of Stan Musial
posted by Ed Farber on January 21, 2013

The recent passing of Stan Musial and the outpouring of sentiment by St. Louisans, young and old, reminded me that here was a superstar who made it to the very top without the use of drugs, sensationalism, ego-padding, or notoriety. He did it more

On Being in a Funk
posted by Ed Farber on January 4, 2013

January 4, 2013


I was thinking about those who are optimists, as I consider myself, and those who look at things pessimistically, always in a down mood (not caused by more

My Art Show Was a Big Hit (With My Family and Friends!)
posted by Ed Farber on November 3, 2012

I held the reception for my art show at The Gallery at University City Public Library (U. City is a suburb of St. Louis) where my work would be on display for the month of October. Had a good crowd for my Sunday afternoon reception, and more