Living with a dog

Just a short something today–very short. Other things are demanding my time. Still, you may find this amusing if you, like my wife, thinks your dog licks too much. When she makes that observation to Max, he ignores her admonition and continues. I, on the other hand, may note this variation on an old expression: […]

The Dog in the Yearbook

This month’s co-hosts for WATWB are Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal,  Lynn Hallbrooks,  Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan. Please visit their sites too. For this month’s We Are the World Blogfest, consider how much help our service dog companions offer to those of us who need them. Everyone’s familiar with drug and bomb sniffing dogs. But service dogs […]

The Clear Stream of Reason

What can you do with a writing prompt? Almost anything. Consider this short passage from Rabindranath Tagore, “Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into dreary desert sand of dead habit” You could go somewhere with “reason,” “dreary desert,” “dead habit,” or more–especially if you examine the entire poem. Here’s a […]

Tears and Laughter in the Desert

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, we offer a mention of an interesting article from Desert Exposure. [You’ll need to zoom in to read the article or download the entire issue and read it as a PDF.] The monthly paper is an eclectic mix of event listings, features on local culture, restaurant reviews, spiritual/metaphysical […]

Earth Day

This isn’t my usual WIP today. It’s part recollection and part a paean to our planet. We live here, we need to protect it to protect ourselves. The first Earth Day came during the first quarter of the first year of college for me. Yes, a long time ago–I’m that old. Perhaps the ecology movement that started […]

Derek’s Dominoes

An experiment–writing a story starting with a technique D.G. Kaye calls “trainstorming” on her blog. I have combined that with a short item I had crafted from the writers group that I belong to. Sort of as an introduction.  Growth is measured by straying from the comfort zone–into untried and unknown. Unknown could be scary […]

The Carter Center–Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

Something different for a year. The last Friday of each month, we will participate in the We Are the World Blogfest to offer some positivity in the world. This is our first offering of good news. Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the US served from 1977-1981. His legacy as President is at best, so-so. His […]

Eagle Peak Quarterly Up On the Web Now

Where have I been? Getting the next issue of the Quarterly up on the web. Why mention it here? Because, among other things, it has snippets from future novels. Some of them will not be out for years, but this is my writing blog so if you’re visiting here, you must be interested–right? Yes, they may […]

In Case You Missed Them

For those of you new to the site, you might not have seen these from the fall of 2014. Since they’re both short, I’ll include two little self-reflective gems. They’re slightly revised–for the better I believe. Where to Find Sorts When You Are Out of Them from October 1, 2014 We are all mad here, said […]

The Thief With a Bellyache

The hungry thief made the most of the slim pickings he found in the remote cabin. He made a sandwich to go with stale bread and some dubious leftovers from the nearly empty refrigerator. He hadn’t targeted the dwelling in the woods, it came as a chance encounter while fleeing the police. His last heist […]