Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- ‘wherein the author sees (and seizes) an opportunity presented by errant comments’

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


At times, in the course of writing this blog, a comment will appear that, while intended as a response/reaction/rebuttal or rant, is of such a nature as to form the basis of a new post. Our friend Cynthia, to name just one, has a certain penchant for such commentationing.

So, this weekend, there was, as usual, a TToT post. Josie has continued the tradition of the TToT quite effectively, so much so that we are seeing an increasing number of new ‘faces’*. And, of course, the usual gang of writers, tellers of tales, and, of recent time, travelers. I refer, of course, to Friend of the Doctrine, Kerry.

As has happened increasingly of late, I was short an Item or two for my TToT. I wrote on the Facebook a plea for help. Kerry graciously consented, wrote a comment (for inclusion as an Item on my Saturday post). And therein hangs our tale. (Or, at least, the ‘theme’ of this Monday post). First, Kerry’s Comment:

Sounds good. Let’s all, three of us, all go to dinner together. Love your ideas

And, sure, I’d love to offer up. I have plenty of those Mexico stories. I continue to be thankful for that trip every day. Any in particular you’re looking for?

The mariachi serenade in the park? I already wrote about that experience and submitted it for consideration of an excellent Canadian literary prize. I love to eat rose petals and crickets. I am thankful for all the food I got to eat and the people I got to meet. I love to find a rhyme in and amongst my thankfuls.


Huh. Hmm. Where did my comment go? I told of stories from Mexico, per your request, but now I am rewriting.

Thank you, Kerry! I recall the mariachi story, but the ‘eating rose petals and crickets’? Now how could I have missed that!  (lol… hold on a second… hey! Kerry’s text to audio app! that last sentence, the italics??  remember: sarcasm comes in many tones. In this case, the tone is one of, ‘I know how I might have forgotten the image of insects ala carte, however there is admiration overlaying the sarcasm… got it?  fine. carry on’)

OK, I’m back.

One of the things about Kerry’s comment on her comment (at the Doctrine) that resonated with me was notion of re-writes. For whatever reason, there’ve been a couple of instances in the last week in which I wrote comments (and received comments) with a significant delay. Over at Jo’s Fallen Angel, for example, I kept not seeing my comment register… speaking of the Wakefield Doctrine


(yeah, there really are no situations, (in life, virtual or real), that cannot be enhanced with the application of our favorite personality theory.)

In any event, whenever I do that, i.e. write a comment, hit publish, come back a few hours/the next day, to read replies and see that my comment is missing I have two immediate and nearly simultaneous** reactions: a) ‘oh man, they’re gonna think I’m blowing them off, reading and commenting only on a few and still looking for them to comment on mine’ and 2) ‘maybe my comment was deleted…blocked even! should I write another comment, which, if it’s my computer messing up, will at least let them know I wrote one or just back out of the room quietly and maybe everyone won’t hate me.’

Did I mention that, in the parlance of the Wakefield Doctrine, I’m a clark?  lol  yeah, good thing I  have this here personality theory here, otherwise I’d be way more reclusive this Monday morning than normal.

Well, time to go, Thank you, Kerry! Not only for the comments, but for the post starter-thought.


*  for example, there’s Patricia, and her eponymous blog1Patricia’s Place‘  who has joined in the TToT conversation and added a quietly insightful voice

  1. just wanted to see if I could use the word and get away with it

** will offer this question to our more rabid Doctrine aficionados, (I’m looking at you Denise, Cynthia …. Lizzi!!) which of the two reactions comes first?


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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. Sageleaf says:

    Kerry likes mariachis? And serenades? Dios mío! I have a new friend! Hehe.
    Hope you had a good weekend. I was mired in piles of books and research for this new (crazy) project I’ve dreamed up. Because, no, I can’t just be content to live, but I have to perpetually challenge myself. Yeah, cuz life isn’t difficult enough.
    ANYWAYS, what’s the status of Almira? You put that into a book, yet? I’m afraid my online reading is limited to my blogging life, but I want to read!! Señor Clark, the clarkites are beckoning for a good read. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      not only does she like mariachis…Kerry traveled to the actual Mexico to take them in…
      I am working on the edit of Almira (self-edit), the story (as I re-read it) is still as good as I remember, there’s the little matter of the 170,000 words…lol
      Good news: Home and Heart (a Sister Margaret Ryan novel is just about to start, would be happy to include you are the link notification (I post to jukepop which is nicely set up for serial publication)

      • Sageleaf says:

        Saw this comment the other day, but then it dawned on me: 170K words!? What’d you do, write the Lord of the Rings with Sister Mary Margaret? ;) That’s epic!

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          lol yeah, I know! Part of it I’ll lay off to it being (written) as a serial story (so less of sense of ‘how long does it take to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’ …more a matter of ‘So, this Frederick Prendergast… is there anyone he doesn’t hit on?!’), part of what was (and probably remains my style at the present time, ‘if this were a scene in a movie what would I see and hear and know”) and part it was fun to follow the breadcrumbs and, as Phyllis puts it, ‘enjoy spending time with the characters’)
          I’m in edit mode now. I know that the word density is a touch high, and I have to straighten out some POV and other mechanicals but when I’ve finished the first run through, I’m hoping to be at or under 120k which should increase my odds of finding an agent.

          Glad you mentioned her! I’m working on Chapter 1 of ‘Home and Heart’ (while re-reading Robert Parker’s Spenser books lol) It’s a tug of war still between ‘Hand over the statue Mr. Spade’ and “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ lol

  2. valj2750 says:

    Rose petals and crickets??? UGH. It’s great though, how we can inspire one another over the world between the wires. If you get stuck coming up with ten next time I noticed that you heaped Una and Phyllis together. They are each a separate ToT I am sure. Happy Monday, Happy Spring.

  3. You know, I’ve been having comment issues lately. People keep telling me they can’t leave comments on my blog. I have no idea why. Can’t figure it out. Seems OK now, though, so here’s hoping.

  4. “Allow me to retort”…tough call. Initially, I went with “a” but.. Yeah, I’m sticking with “reaction a”.
    Reaction “2” is a definite runner up!

    Yo! Over there on your Feedjit! A visitor from Granollers, Catalonia. Love it! Granollers…Catalonia. Just rolls offa the tongue :D

    “(yeah, there really are no situations, (in life, virtual or real), that cannot be enhanced with the application of our favorite personality theory.)” I totally agree. Totally.