Many of us out there in the big, cold, cruel world are looking for love. And when you finally get a taste of amour, well, you want to be able to give as much as you receive. I’m no different. I recently checked my Inbox and saw I had an email from a “female admirer”,… Continue reading I Have a Female Admirer
The first story I remember ever writing was about killer trees. I think I might have been eight or nine, I don’t know exactly, but I do remember thinking what a great story it was and how I thought it would be so cool to be a writer. True that regarding the latter, maybe not… Continue reading Keeping the Spark Alive
Since I started posting on various social media, I’ve become more and more curious as to when is the best time to post. I decided to do some research, hitting as many sources on the Internet as I could because, of course, this would give me a broader understanding of what is “best”. I concentrated on… Continue reading It’s All About the Timing (Social Media)
1) Silence is the virtue of fools – Francis Bacon 2) Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt – Mark Twain I tend toward #2, but as a writer, I can’t survive without cracking the egg a little. When the words do spill out on… Continue reading It Just Makes Me Want to…
I recently rented the movie “The Man of Steel” and couldn’t have been more disappointed. I liked the reimagining of the reason Superman made it to Earth and the challenges he faced growing up and dealing with us humans. The problem I ran into began with the arrival of General Zod. Pretty much the last third… Continue reading Man of Steel – What?!?
Did you happen to see the Kmart ad playing recently? A line of guys in boxers ring Jingle Bells with a little wiggle and what we can only imagine are extraordinarily talented testicles. Kudos to the genius ad execs who came up with that one. Because they didn’t hold back, the ad certainly grabbed people’s… Continue reading Balls Out for Christmas (and the New Year)
Recently, a short story challenge was proffered to members of my writing group as part of a Holiday/Christmas Party. Write a short story using ten specified words (see below), read your story to the assembled guests, and the best of the lot wins a prize. I couldn’t resist and below you’ll find the results of my… Continue reading A Christmas Story
I took this picture a few years back when on a trip to the L.A. Zoo with my kids. Only afterward, when sorting through my shots for the day did I run across this remarkable act. Once I looked closer, it was clear what was really going on. The same is true about many things… Continue reading Things Aren’t What They Seem
Before you let that novel go out into the world to be torn apart, do some of that yourself. When writing your first draft, it’s a matter of getting the words out, not right. But don’t let those unnecessary words stick around. Sometimes a simple search in your manuscript will open your eyes. Here are a… Continue reading Words to Watch For
What is it that some say? All the stories have been told, everything done since are simply sequels. Well, I say poppycock! Yeah I said poppycock (a word derived from an old Dutch word which means “as fine as powdered doll shit” – didn’t know they could do that) because it fits within the theme… Continue reading Where Are All the New Ideas?