Entering a Trance

This snippet stems from long ago. A recollection as a process for trance self-induction. College, so many years ago. Now, it looks useable as a starting paragraph of a story–short or part of a longer piece.  Steps receding down, far into the distance. In the dimming light he saw no end to the path. He […]

Blue Weeds

Some like prompts. Others don’t. You could use this title as one. This came into mind looking at the pale blue wall in front of me. Then the weeds. I will admit I had need of some inspiration on something–anything, to write. This is a short snippet that I might find a use for in […]

Derek Is Back In Time

He is still far away in print but I must revisit his future stories–they offer a respite in trying compositions of other storylines. This is a revision of I Think, Therefore I when, seen here before. This post will be included under that title in the upcoming collection that we hope intend to have out […]

Another Mashup, Jill Meets Sam–Sort of

Where have I been? Another story, another time. Back now–on a more regular basis. Let’s get colorful. We will do more mashups as often as we can. This time it’s Waiting for Westmoreland (WFW) and The Vacation of My Life. The tenth anniversary edition of WFW, a memoir of a 20th century Candide, came out […]

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 […]

Fencing the Sky

Back in 2013, James Galvin wrote a well-received western novel called Fencing the Sky. This post has only a slight connection to it–a writing prompt from a Zoom-hosted small group of local writers in southwestern New Mexico. This will likely be the extent of it, but who can say. Big Sky Country—where the well-off buy […]

Harry and Sarah

A Dark Job What will come of this? Something to build a story on. Sci-fi. Harry always took his coffee with cream and sugar. So what? Sarah finished her black coffee as she always did—while still hot, before stepping out. Out into the cold night, she walked on leaden feet. Feet that felt only dread. […]

An Impossible Agenda

It’s not impossible, just challenging—getting that second short story collection out in December. Especially when there’s much still to be written!!!!! Here’s a tiny tidbit on a short piece—The Cytherians. It’s not done yet. “Thar, is that you?” Drax asked uncertainly, gazing at his own reflection. “It’s Drax.” “Why yes, Drax,” Thar chuckled, offering his […]

The Leap–a Short Piece

The memory and the imagination–tools in a writer’s bin. A story of devolution that began with a travel piece on Views from Eagle Peak. Modified a bit–with more fiction and less fact. Some remains. Writing from life some call it.  I looked down at the dull gray boulders, thirty-feet below the clear water of Lake […]

He Awoke at Dusk and an Update on the Short Story Collection

The Vampire Bodhisattva After a brief time away in a sunny and warm Puerto Vallarta, it’s back to writing. This story has been sitting around for a few years. I hesitated to include it in the collection coming late this fall. Then I thought, ¿por qué no? Did I mention the Mexican beach trip? Anyway, […]