In year’s long time, American pundits referred to China, Russia, Eastern Europe and, yes, Vietnam, as all part of the “Communist bloc”. The term “bloc” signified a misunderstanding that ideology alone is what defines a country.
Spelled with an additional letter, k, writer’s “block” is what prevents a would-be author from completing a story – be it a novel, short story, poem, fiction, non fiction or somewhere in between.
I have dabbled at writing over the decades (including this on again, off again attempt at a blog). A few poems published here and there, guest articles on the world, Jack Kerouac, and other elements of life; even a short stint as a free-lancer (under the pseudonym Alden Pyle) for the English language version of Thahn Nien -a very good Vietnamese daily. But I came to realize that the “writers block” preventing me from completing any major project – like a book – was self-inflicted, not externally imposed.
So now, I have a writer’s bloc – two pieces written, edited professionally, and published. One, “Class Wars” (the name given it by the magazine) appears in the Jan-Feb issue of The American Interest – a journal of politics,policy and culture with a heavyweight masthead. It will also be on their website soon I believe.
The other, a labor of love, is “My Seasons in Saigon”, my honest reflections on Vietnam from my experiences of the past several years. It portrays Vietnam as a country, not a war, with all its wonderment and warts, and how I got to Saigon from Stamford Connecticut USA – a journey that has taken nearly a lifetime.
Amazon has My Seasons in stock and a kindle version will be out in the new year – either the Western new year of January 1 or the TET Lunar New Year celebrated in Asia which starts at the end of January.
If you read it, and like it, I would love to hear; the same as if you dont (like it that is). I have loved my seasons in Saigon and hope that everyone reading this blog will find joy in every season – no matter where you are.