#WATWB October 2020–America Can Still Vote

What? Of course Americans can vote! Well, yes–but there is that pandemic. That justifiably worries many people about going to the polls, given the number of cases and deaths here in the US–more than anywhere else in the world! Most states in the US have expanded the opportunities for both absentee ballots (that go by […]

#40th Anniversary

A Toast to Ourselves–4o years this month. We had a very special trip planned.  Three countries separated by the North Atlantic. Then the pandemic came. As it happens, we weren’t in our 20s when we married, so we’re retired. For that reason, COVID-19 didn’t hit us as hard as others—for whom we have much sympathy. We […]

Deep, Down and Dirty Writing Secrets Wins Award

  We are all due congratulations and you are due a free download!   DD&D just won the prestigious 16th annual New Mexico/Arizona 2020 Book Awards for eBook nonfiction.   Download FREE on October 1st or 20th from Amazon.   A Treasure Trove of Writing Tips    From the Amazon blurb: Writing advice that gets […]

Twilight–a peak, a driftwood frame and memories

Another Zoom brunch and another photo prompt–no, we do word or phrase ones too. Here’s the photo. From Lake Tahoe, Eve says. She is the group organizer–also a poet, photographer vocalist and more.  From the image comes this poetic venture: Twilight deepens, a flash of light The camera captures a fleeting image Through the hastily […]

#watwb August 2020

There IS good news out there, you just have to look for it. It doesn’t sell newspapers (those that are still in print) or get clicks on the websites that are where readers eyes focus on today. Actually, the good can be found all around us–in our neighborhoods, stores and medical offices. Recently I have […]

Peeping Roadrunner

He hopped atop the rock. The one holding down the table against the wind.   His piercing eyes gazed through the window. What life did they have beyond the glass barrier,  he wondered.   She might have opened the door for a visit, instead she just took photos. For the best, no doubt. He and […]

An Excerpt from Waiting for Westmoreland

There is good news out there–YES, REALLY! I just didn’t have time to find it this month. TOO much going on but I won’t bother you with that. Instead, something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now–post an occasional excerpt from Waiting for Westmoreland.  This is from the 2017 Tenth Anniversary Edition. This […]

The Elegance of Chance–Or Not

The elegance of chance, a prompt for the “Munching Words Brunch.” We used to meet on Saturdays at a local coffee shop. Now, with the pandemic, we meet Thursday mornings on Zoom. It’s poetry and prose by Southwestern New Mexico writers. I seldom speak of my Buddhist faith on this blog, but it seemed workable […]

More Trips through time with Derek

There’s lots of research in writing a time travel book–or at least there should be. The novel won’t be out for a long time. We (the wife and I) recently watched yet another movie of the ilk, The Fountain (2006, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz; a good one). I d finally getting around to […]