Saturday, July 28, 2007

"He makes 'terse' into an art form."

Stuart Marshall described me as the most laconic man he had ever had contact with. The fun line, though, was "he makes 'terse' into an art form."

Made me smile, as in the genre, and for the book I was contributing to (with my own special section, much to my surprise), that probably describes my reputation over the past thirty years.

I have learned to not be so terse in other settings, and did have one person ask me how someone distilling several hundred pages of my work into a much smaller area could call me terse (the answer was that it was accurate), but this quote made me smile.

Something good in a busy week.


Anonymous said...

That is great to have a gift with being succinct. As someone who takes several words to say what others may say in a few or one word, I respect that gift.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I thought this would be a good place to post that I think I have been good about not going crazy at your blog as of the last few months using it as a 12 step meeting. I really analyze myself after I do stuff like that. I don't feel like I have any issues at the moment. That doesn't mean that they couldn't surface. I have vented elswhere at blogs and received some helpful feedback and one such person was more kind than I would have imagined. You have been pretty nice to me as well. I just know you from reading your blog and seeing your comments on other blogs sometimes. I remain grateful for your friendship. And I love it when you have your insightful/thinking posts. Keep 'em coming.