I’m Will. I have been posting reviews on Goodreads since 2008, 1054 as of September 2018, if you can believe that. If you are serving a particularly lengthy prison sentence you may find reading all of them a way to help pass the time. I will not be porting all of those over here. I might need a prison sentence of my own (always a possibility) to have the time. I have provided a link to GR where you may wander through them all at your leisure, if you get that urge.
The impetus for starting this blog was the purchase of Goodreads by Amazon. I was very concerned that Amazon would alter the rather comfortable setup so many of us enjoyed at GR, and I wanted to have a safe haven for my babies before that day arrives. Well, several years on, Amazon has mostly kept their hands off, so I continue to do my reviewing primarily on GR, but hang onto this site as a fall-back should Amazon decide one day to become more intrusive.
I am a 60-something Boomer, thus the “Coot” of the title. I have had a few careers, which is not unusual these days. I retired recently. I have even done a bit of freelance book-editing, but am not in the publishing field beyond that and never have been. If you want to be pissy, I guess an exception might be the newsletters I wrote for the little league teams I managed. But other than that, not in publishing. Ok? Jeez!
You will not find images of me here. I have a face made for radio and a voice made for print. But there are images out there, if you know where to look.
It should be known that my book goddess, my wife, works at Harper Collins. So if you believe that negates my reviews for Harper books, be my guest. In fact, she has no say in what I write and only rarely reads my little offerings even after I post. If you have a concern about whether I am a mole, secretly flogging Rupert product, I suggest you read a few reviews and see for yourself whether you think I am an honest reviewer, or not.
The image in the header is a photo I took from Brooklyn Bridge Park of the lower Manhattan skyline. I have a couple hundred more from the park on Flickr. Also on Flickr, I started writing the beginnings of stories that insinuated themselves into my tiny mind while looking at some of the photos I had posted. I have made a set there, called Beginnings, and have ported those to the Beginnings Menu item here. I hope to add more to the seven I have written so far, both on Flickr and here.
What else? I am a native Noo Yawkah, and do the accent quite nicely when upset. I have lived or worked in all five boroughs (and a few parts of Joisey, as well) and even did an undergrad semester in London back in the 70s. But I live these days in Wilkes Barre, PA. I had an embarrassing moment recently when I got to meet Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (we love him). We exchanged some intel on New York items. Two of his kids live in NYC and his wife was born in the same Brooklyn hospital as my youngest. When he asked me about my fifteen months of life in Pennsylvania, “Well, what do you think?” I drew a blank and emitted some form of huminahuminahumina. He offered a very sensitive reply about it being quite a change from living in NYC. But there are some things about living in Wilkes Barre that are pretty cool. In this political season my wife and I have gotten to meet a lot of interesting people here, via being volunteers for PA Dems, canvassing, volunteering in phone banks, running phone banks, doing data entry into the state Democratic Party database, attending many gatherings of diverse sorts, parties, rallies, fund-raisers, arts awards ceremonies, protests, meet-and-greets. We feel a connection here to our elected representatives that was much less the case back in NYC. It will be very interesting to see if that connection persists beyond the election season. I am optimistic. We intend to remain politically active after the election, in some way or another.
I am still pondering what to include in this blog, whether to expose some short pieces of fiction and non-fiction I have written, and poems I wrote for my kids (three, all grown) some years back. I am also pondering re-naming this to something else, and wondering if I need to do a total redesign.
As of September 2018, this blog is still in transition, as I expect it will always be. I am not entirely comfortable with the interface, and am not interested in learning enough CSS to be able to roll my own. (I was a programmer for over two decades, so could, if I wanted to, but life has become rather busy, and I would rather spend my time doing other things.) It is in a suspended state for now. I have a considerable number of readers (more than 80K) on GoodReads. One result of this is that I receive an ungodly number of review requests, enough that I have felt it necessary to ask that authors with review requests pass me by. I simply cannot take on any more than I am already doing. Sorry.