Donald J. Claxton

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Full-Frontal Nudity of the Soul™

I’m Donald J. “Donny” Claxton, and my writings seek to expose my full-frontal nudity of the soul™.

Many writers will tell you the chutzpa required for any writer to share emotions in their stories exceeds their perceived risk when exposing the full-frontal nudity of their soul.

In 2019, Ottessa Moshfegh toured book stores to support My Year of Rest and Relaxation. In Dallas, I explained the full-frontal nudity of the soul concept to her and asked how the concept applied to her book. Without hesitation, she replied, “There’s definitely some side-boob action going on.”

Creativity, life, love, and time are too short to squander. Did you know many writers anguish when not writing, reading, and sharing stories?

All writing requires maintaining a reader’s attention and keeping the expected from happening. Setups and payoffs make a story feel natural. However, they require planning. Subtle elements can change a story into a mystery, romance, or thriller. The proper characters in the wrong setting are a recipe for disaster.

Reading a novel may take one day to a few weeks. Writing a book often takes years.  

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Books! Books! Books!

Clicking on Reading List above opens the door to many book reviews. My site is still under development. I’m reformatting this section to make searching for books easier. (Full disclosure: Purchasing any product featured on the site may lead to my receiving an affiliate commission. But at no additional cost to you.)

For the 2021 holidays, you will find exceptional gifts ideas for book lovers and writers alike. And let us not forget the person who has everything. Mr/Ms/Mrs/Dr. So and So, who is almost impossible in gift-giving., Instagram, et al.

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— Donny

Gettysburg Address in 2020

Yesterday, I read the Gettysburg Address to myself here at home in the middle of 2020. Some days I wonder if these words still have much application to a large percentage of America's elected "leaders," and even to the people themselves. Donald Claxton, the grammatic artist, ponders the value of the Gettysburg Address in 2020. Other days, I see...

2020 NYT Bestsellers Hardcover Fiction

These 2020 NYT Hardcover Bestsellers are among my favorite books I’ve yet to read. Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing is most excellent. Also check out Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House

First Love by Ivan Turgenev

The Russian novella First Love, by Ivan Turgenev I enjoyed reading the Russian novella, First Love by Ivan Turgenev. First Love is my 10th Russian/behind the Iron Curtain novel to read since December, beginning with War and Peace. A great final quote from First Love is this one, a summary about living, and an expansion on the American phrase,...

The New York Pitch Conference–One Week Later

The New York Pitch Conference--One Week Later Last Tuesday, a week ago today, I said farewell to my mother, (she joined me in NYC for what became I think, the trip of her life) boarded a SWA flight home and came back exhausted, in someways discouraged, more confused than when I went to New York, and at the same time more comfortable for having...

New York Pitch Conference–Fall 2019

New York Pitch Conference--Fall 2019 From Sept 19-22, last Thursday to Sunday now, I took part in the New York Pitch Conference, the creation of mastermind Michael Neff. As luck would have it, too, I found myself in Group B, with many fellow writers--most of them focusing on sci-fi and fantasy--and all of us under the tutorship of the sometimes...

Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” Video’s 13s and 7s

Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" Video's 13s and 7s Monday morning. It's release day of Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" video with her in it and it is loaded with easter eggs of her favorite number 13 and the number of her album Lover, lucky number seven. So here we go.  Right off. In the second screen with the 13 elements, the cat,...

Fleabag Season 2–Phoebe Waller-Bridge At Her Best

Fleabag Season 2--Phoebe Waller-Bridge At Her Best May 17, 3 p.m. in the afternoon and I've already devoured the six-episode season 2 of Fleabag on Amazon Prime and am in awe of the work of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a writer and actor.  She announces early in episode 1 that this is a love story, leaving one to think that the first episode is a love...

I Want to Dump Twitter and Facebook, But Can’t

I Want to Dump Twitter and Facebook, But Can't As a conservative minded person, I have about reached the end of my patience with the necessity and value of social media, in particular Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Those are the only platforms I use with any regularity, and I have curbed my time on them way back over the past year, two years,...

The Book of Dust

I read Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage:  last week and was told going in that there were things about the book that are not as good as his previous trilogy, but I'd seen a recommendation for this book regardless and had decided to give it a read. To start with, Pullman's fantasy work is not something I would normally read. It...

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment Reading Dostoevsky's classic novel Crime and Punishment last week has drained me. I didn't realize it was taking so much out of me until, well, until I finished it and started trying to read something else as of Sunday of this week. Monday of this week. Tuesday ... you get the idea. It's Thursday and I have yet to get into...

Need Gift Ideas for that Reader, Writer, or That Someone Who Is Hard to Please?

Looking for gift ideas for the reader, writer, and special person in your life who is “complicated” to find something Santa cannot? I’ve curated a list of ideas for all three categories. (Note: These are affiliate links, which means, when you buy, I may earn a small commission at no expense to you.) But that special person(s) hard to please, receive a thoughtful gift that will make them swoon!

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I publish my writing on multiple social platforms for writers and readers. One such online oasis is

Most of my posts I place behind the paywall. Writing for Medium is one way I earn a living. Each post takes hours to draft, revise, proof, and check in Another great tool I use is the Hemmingway app, as it does well to point out paragraphs that need work. And of course, who would dare send anything out without using

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…Admit, in all honesty, whether or not you would die if you weren’t allowed to write. …Your whole life, down to its most trivial, indifferent moments, must be a sign of this need, a testament to it.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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Books! Books! Books!

On the Reading List! page, you will find more than 155 novels I have read since December 2016.

There also is a list of the many craft-focused books I use for becoming a better writer. Drop-in on the comments section and share your own book ideas with our reading group!