I have done a murderous thing. I’ve killed off “Gray Matters.” I recognized I had jumped too soon on the name as soon as I clicked the <publish> button. So here we are, reborn.
“Commendable Soap” and the tagline are a nod to Willa Cather’s essay “On the Art of Fiction” from 1920. “Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand — a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods — or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.”
I believe artistic fiction and marketable fiction are not mutually exclusive. My primary intention is to manufacture stories – commendable stories with meaningful content – that will also sell. The more the merrier. Else how shall we attain the goal of having Darling Hubby be a kept man for the second half? If you, dear readers, find some artistic merit in my prose, consider it frosting on the cake.