About John

John writes. He writes about diabetes in many online forums and in several FaceBook groups. He also writes in several food groups. Nutrition is a large component of diabetes management, and John believes we’ve screwed up our relationship with food: the standard dietary treatment is the cause of diabetes. Outrageous!

Here’s a post I made that his the WordPress Freshly Pressed wall https://cafemoi.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/wont-that-high-fat-diet-raise-your-cholesterol/

John also writes creative fiction. His children are now out of his house, or are supposed to be, and he has both the time and the urge to write. He has completed the better part of two novels and is now editing them. He has ideas for more

John reads but not voraciously. He likes Hemmingway’s clean style and iceberg approach. He loved Frank Herbert’s six Dune books which he considers the ultimate in showing versus telling, iceberg building, and a model for writing dialogue. He likes stories with strong plots, strong characters, and strong themes. Such stories are rare in the literary world. Character transformation types of stories are nice to read, but they don’t thrill him, neither do dramatic stories with thin, cardboard characters. Primarily thematically focussed novels make him want to burn books.

Novel Voice:

I write like
Oscar Wilde

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Blogging Voice:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

9 thoughts on “About John”

  1. Hi John,

    Thank you for starting to follow my blog “arnnarn.com”. I hope you continue to enjoy it. Any feedback you care to share is much appreciated. I love your description of Herbert’s Dune books and have never read such an apt description.

    I like very much what I’ve read on your blog and look forward to more.


  2. Thanks.

    I spent three months in St. John’s in the latter part of 2010. I joined the local NaNoWriMo group, started my first novel, and had a blast. I’d been writing daily for over four years anyway, but that was the start of my creative writing. I’ve blogged a little since then, but nothing major.

  3. Hi John,

    Thanks for liking the “Partridgeberry…” post on my blog. I’m almost all out and will either have to travel up there and get some or order by mail. Airfares being what they are, mail order seems the most sensible but not the most fun.


  4. I LOVE this picture. I keep feeling drawn to stare at it like it has a hidden story that hasn’t been shared yet. Is it taken at some favorite local spot?

    • It’s the original Red Whale Café in Rothesay New Brunswick, Canada. They got booted out of their premises by a landlord who happened to be the chairman of the local board of trade. I never learned the full story, but I suspect the facilities did not meet code, and it was easier to rent it out as an office instead. Who really knows?

      It was our only local café and a lot of people were upset. We now have a Java Moose outlet which is alright, but I don’t care for their products.

      Red Whale up and moved his family to California — kinda reminds me of the Beverly Hillbillies song. He seems to be doing quite well.


      • Just looked them up; but seems they don’t have a storefront. Always looking for interesting coffee shops. Thought perhaps they might be right here in L.A. I’m sure there are a lot of the Jed Clampetts in CA!

  5. John, I have added your blog to my Feedly list and look forward to reading your posts. Thank you for following my blog. I have added your blog to my blogroll.

  6. Hi, John- thanks for following my blog (such as it is). Hopefully in following yours I’ll learn.

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