You’re Not Fired, Just Demoted

I had yesterday off for Memorial Day.  No big plans.  I thought I’d surely get a bunch of writing done on my novel this weekend over three days.  I ended up with about a page and a half, but that was written seven or eight times. Kurt Vonnegut had days where he wrote only a […]

I Ain’t Dead! Yay!

I haven’t posted on here since March.  I can’t believe how the time has flow since I last posted on here.  It’s spring, that magical time of year where I basically hide under a mountain of work at my day job and never see the light of day.  I haven’t written anything at all in […]

It’s Okay to Make Stuff Up

I began working on one of my novels over the weekend.  It opens in Chile, and one of the roadblocks I immediately ran into was the fact that I know almost nothing about Chile.  I know where it’s located and a couple of cities, but that’s it.  While I’ve got Google Maps showing me the […]

Who’s Going to be President (in Your Story)?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Things been hectic at my day job, and I’ve managed to set some time aside in the evening to get the needle twitching on my writing-o-meter.  I currently have four projects that I’m either developing or about ready to start drafting, two novels and two short stories. One […]


I’m sitting at my desk at home determined to come out of this with at least one good idea to write about.  There is an idea out there.  I know it.  So where can I find one? GAMING Gaming is sort of like a quick-fix sub for reading.  It distracts me from the current problem […]

The Freedom of Unoriginality

I’ve written about 2,000 words so far this year.  Considering that’s about how much I wrote all of 2018, I’d call that progress.  Most of those words are for those days when I actually posted something to the blog.  I’m still feeling quite stymied as far as creative fiction goes. James Patterson once remarked that […]

Coping With the Dark Days

Jacqui and I graduated from the same cohort at Antioch.  She’s awesome and talented, and you really ought to check out her work.  She and I (and many others from Antioch) also have mixed feelings about our MFA experience. Yesterday, Jacqui tweeted, “I never imagined feeling so unqualified to do this thing I spent so […]