Maybe shift the focus

Maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe instead of asking what we want to write today, we should ask what our readers want to read. Maybe even that is the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking what we want to read, and then write that. Someone is nodding and saying to themselves, “Now he’sContinue reading “Maybe shift the focus”

The assassination of Margaret Thatcher

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains general discussion of the fourth season of the television series The Crown, which debuted last week. If you like to watch a program without knowing what happens, come back at a later date after viewing the show. This Brittanica article describes Margaret Thatcher as “The only British prime minister toContinue reading “The assassination of Margaret Thatcher”

Here’s how it will be when the dust settles

Oh, we go through this in cycles, every four years. Such a fuss, such a lather, and in a few months there’ll be the same old realization that “the most important election of our time” produced yet another dose of “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” Oh, there’ll be some cosmetic differences,Continue reading “Here’s how it will be when the dust settles”

Did I create the monster?

I have a mantra that I tell Willow The Best Dog There Is™ almost every day. You’re the puppiest pup of all the pups who ever pupped. You’re the doggiest dog of all the dogs who ever dogged. You’re the willowiest Willow of all the Willows who ever willed. You’re the BEST — DOG —Continue reading “Did I create the monster?”

A new blurb for A Blue Guitar

Ever since that magical day in April when I read through my draft of How to Play a Blue Guitar, thought “this is not a draft this is the book,” and published it then and there, I have struggled to describe this book. (Stop me if you’ve heard this recently) As I was reading SethContinue reading “A new blurb for A Blue Guitar”

A New Dream All Its Own

“Smile … Though there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by.” “You got to have a dream — If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” What do you dream, friend? I’ve been having a dream of folks talking to one another like friends, and being interested inContinue reading “A New Dream All Its Own”

In gratitude to mentors

I have built this blog, and my writing in general, around three action verbs: encourage, enlighten, entertain. If I have done at least one of those three things in a piece, mission accomplished. Today I’d like to share some of what has encouraged, enlightened and entertained me this year.

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