About foreletter words

My desk, uncluttered, many years ago.
My desk, uncluttered, many years ago.

 

I am easily distracted. The inter-linking structure of the World Wide Web has taken a terrible toll on my working life, eating through my days like a worm devouring a rotting log.

A writer’s work is mostly reading. During the course of a research session in which the objective might be to discover an incisive explanation of the causes of the Peloponnesian War, for instance, or to harvest detailed information on the running behaviour of the Basilisk Lizard, my mind is too soon buffeted sideways on sudden blasts of trivia and, like a Red Admiral on a summer morning, too easily diverted by the joy of a colourful ephemeron while I flap haphazardly between a few honeyed facts.

foreletter words is (and are) the consequence. The result is an odd, almost random, collection of links and posts vaguely supporting whatever I’m writing at the time, serving as a broad gesture towards people and organisations with real information, real knowledge. I like to think of it as a lazy reference, or footnote to my own efforts, proof that the fictions I write have some kind of basis in reality. (Perhaps I should have named the blog forenote or footletter, or even backmatter.) 

All of which is to assert that there is no intention on my part to post anything profound or in-depth. Should you therefore encounter words or ideas of any value on these pages, the responsibility is certainly not mine.

Joel Mentmore
Joel Mentmore

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