The Wings

Here is a little exercise I wrote a few years ago (Sept. 8, 2017), in which “I wrote anything until I found myself writing something.” It ended up in my little flash fiction chapbook, 24 flashes. The story begins as a conversation between me and Ray Bradbury, riffing on his wonderful writing advice, “Jump, andContinue reading “The Wings”

The Muse, Called Late For Dinner

The Muse smiled and said, “You have my number. Call me anytime, just don’t call me late for dinner. I hate to miss a meal.” And then she told me stories, and she showed me how to piece words together so that people cried, and learned, and found their spirits lifted. We journeyed to farawayContinue reading “The Muse, Called Late For Dinner”


“As a writer, I need to relax and let the words flow.” “No, no, quite the opposite. You need to focus, which requires intensity.” “You’re both wrong. You need to relax, intensely!” Don’t you just love being pulled in several different directions? How do golfers concentrate on keeping the right grip, keeping this elbow straightContinue reading “Switch”

Of lists and listlessness

I keep finding these lists I’ve compiled of books I want to write and/or release to the wild — you know, the books I hope will provide a revenue stream when my day-job days are over. I know (I know I know because I write this same thought from time to time) that I shouldContinue reading “Of lists and listlessness”

Magic in no time

I woke up and sat down to write. I heard the sounds of the house springing to life. I didn’t think I had much time, so I set my mind to write something special in an intensely short time. Five minutes later, I looked at what I’d written and thought, “Whoa.” Now I believed allContinue reading “Magic in no time”

The joy of running off-leash

Summer and I have begun taking walks through our land of late. For now I have to keep her leashed, but I try to let her lead the way for the most part.  We may wander near our wildflowers, up and down the septic mound, or as we did Wednesday morning, through the woods. SummerContinue reading “The joy of running off-leash”

Small moves, Warry

I get frustrated. In 47 years in the local news business, I have written thousands and thousands of news stories. Many times I’ve been in the position of having to write breaking news in 15 minutes to get it on a noon newscast or typeset by press time. Today is the 750th consecutive day thatContinue reading “Small moves, Warry”

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