Category Archives: Books by Sidney S. Stark

Warp and Weft

Warp and Weft

“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.”—Sandra Day O’Connor

For many years, I’ve considered layering in writing as a process much akin to that in the visual arts. A friend who teaches painting in Florence once described his battle to teach layering when his students were in a rush to get from the start to the finish. I thought then that the practice he explained paralleled the same one in writing. Substituting words and ideas for paint or whatever physical medium the artist is working in seemed to me then as the perfect way to create a rich, nuanced plot peopled with vivid, complex characters. But I realized along the tortuous path from the beginning to the end of a novel that the layers were not quite as I’d imagined them. I’d seen something reminding me of the ‘layers’ in a photoshop file, stacked like transparent colored sheets of glass you could see through to the sheets below, fully adjustable until you finally merged them together when you could no longer change them but would appreciate all of them affecting each other. Continue Reading

Badass!

Badass!

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.-John C. Maxwell How can a word used to describe someone have such different meanings depending on the gender of the one being defined? That just proves how much discrimination there is in society’s expectations for its different members. I’ve focused… Continue Reading

Open Invitation

Open Invitation

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien Some powerful examples of the serendipity and discovery of research dropped in my lap recently with the announcement that the man who occupied much of my last book, Tried As Silver, and was an implied romantic connection for the protagonist (we’ll never really know), had… Continue Reading

Date Certain – Publication Day for ‘Tried as Silver’

Date Certain – Publication Day for ‘Tried as Silver’

Date Certain—What does it mean? Is anything certain anymore in our supposed post-pandemic world? I’d like to think so, and in some instances, I’m sure we can make a decent case for it, but more than ever, I’ve concluded that the Scottish poet Robert Burns was right about the “best laid schemes of mice and… Continue Reading