Black Friday–Nah, Not For Me

Don’t need new electronics. Don’t need major gifts this year. What I do need is to get some more exercise in the pool. That’s possible today because I have to charge the sensor and reattach it to a new patch to keep checking the old ticker for AFib or some other form of arrhythmia. Nothing […]

Two Great New Reviews of Waiting for Westmoreland

Waiting for Westmoreland is a memoir I first published only in paper (no Kindle in 2007!). A special tenth anniversary edition is coming for the holidays. In the meantime, two reviews of the Kindle edition recently appeared on Amazon. Here are some excerpts: From SkyWriter’s 5-star review comes this, Here we have a book that […]

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 […]

Writing is a Solitary Pursuit

When he drinks alone, who does George Thorogood prefer to be with? I would say more, but that would require permission to use the lyrics; I’m too cheap to go there. But you know what I’m talking about, right? The redundancy makes little sense, except for emphasis I suppose. Would Zinsser or others in the […]

The Gravel Watcher

Only a very short item today, because I want to call your attention to the revised Waiting for Westmoreland page (see above, under the header) that is newly updated with a significantly longer sample (5,000+ words worth). This comes in connection with the happy news that the memoir is now available for $3.99 as an eBook (Kindle, iTunes, Nook, […]

Dreams That Make Stories

Her dreams, especially those induced by the codeine-infused cough syrup, can be most strange. The most recent featured three naked women entering an upscale clothing store on all fours. Body paint rendered them as a Dalmatian, a poodle and a Weimaraner. What need had they for clothes remained unclear. Beyond the obvious, the other noteworthy […]

Want to be a Writer–Get a Day Job that Suits You

I think I could have been very successful writing ad copy. During career exploration during my 9th grade Civics class, I thought that this might be the day job to sustain my goal of being a writer of books. I began having second thoughts about that notion during my senior year. My favorite teacher, Jeanette […]