Δ Ι Φ Ρ Α
a word about Eldot,
the author of Julian's Private Scrapbook
Eldot, a simple cipher, is a nom de plume. The author chooses to remain anonymous
primarily to shield others who could be inconvenienced or affected negatively by
the notoriety this novel could generate. Persons who need to know the author’s
name can discover it easily enough should they wish to utilize the tools
available on the internet. No one can be truly anonymous these days.
It is appropriate and understandable for a purchaser of a book to expect some information about the author. Julian's Private Scrapbook is not autobiographical, but gaining a sense of who has written it is a reasonable expectation. Here goes:
Eldot is retired, and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life. Mother
Nature has been kind to him in most respects, but he has lots of grey hair and a
modest pot belly. The illusion in his mind that he is still in his thirties
persists—if only his carcass would cooperate. But his physician happily reports
that physically he is fifteen years younger than the calendar reports, so
there’s still time for play.
In order to dodge the draft and avoid the Viet Nam war, he took an occupational
deferment to teach Drama and English in a public high school. The interminable
nature of the war and the draft lottery kept him in that occupation so long that
he stayed there afterward, having been quite successful. Why change a good
thing? The refuge had morphed into a career.
Julian's Private Scrapbook was to be his first novel; it grew into a series of five. Lots of urging and pushing by friends and relatives was the driver, not a need or ambition to publish. But it has been great fun. If it is well received, he might do another.