Tom Waits – The Ultimate Wordsmith

Tom Waits – The Ultimate Wordsmith

Tom Waits – A true word magician Calling myself The Vandal was a bit of fun many moons ago that probably arose as a result of an excess of cheap red wine. A joke about my bad spelling and a chronic yet imaginative use of the grammatical negative. In such a state, it was easy to think that I had some ability with words. Maybe I do, but I just write stuff. In such a state, it was easy to think that I had some ability with words. Maybe I do, but maybe I just write stuff. When it come to a true wordsmith, there is for me no one who stands

Mouths Cut Just Like Razor Blades

Mouths Cut Just Like Razor Blades

Tom Waits, the master of words. When it comes to wordsmiths, Tom Waits heads my list by a very long way. His ability to create images with often just a few immaculately chosen words always has me in awe of his brilliance. ‘With their mouths cut just like razor blades and their eyes are like stilettos‘, is one classic example of his mastery. This appears in the poem ‘Small Change’ and has, after more than thirty years since he recorded it with only saxophone accompaniment, remained one of my favourites. If you have never heard or read Small Change by Tom Waits, enjoy the following video and accompanying lyrics. If

In Defence Of The Self Published Author

In Defence Of The Self Published Author

The Self-Published Author and ‘Banjo’ While reading the following poem, which has always been a favourite of mine, I couldn’t help but think of the similarity with the current debate and divide over self-published books compared with traditionally published titles. It has become a bit city and the bush – New York and London against the world one might say. While many are beset on comparing the incorrect use of the Oxford comma in self-published titles, I really think they are missing the whole point. Self-publishing is about stories, wonderful and never before published stories from the hearts and minds of passionate people. Rugged yes. But a rugged beauty that

The Painful Part Of Writing

The Painful Part Of Writing

No mattir what tipe of wryter you are, one of teh most painful aspects is that if proofreading. Even the shortest text con contain typos, grummar errors and missspellings. It as no surprise too know than editing and proofreading and entire novel can take moths of exacting work. However, it is in teh shorter texts than I tend two find a lot more of errors. Particularly in blogs posts an some newspaper articles. So if you are a riter of any discription, you now you should spend a just a little extra time proffing your texts. Sometimes it as not practical too find and independent eye to ran over say