I admit it. I’m addicted to Facebook. It’s a terrible time killer and keeps me from doing much more important things—like writing—but I can’t seem to help myself. Acknowledging my addiction is, however, the first step in getting a handle on it. And one of the ways I hope to manage my Facebook addiction isContinue reading “Using Facebook for Inspiration”
There is a hackneyed joke about a visitor to New York asking a pedestrian how to get to Carnegie Hall. The pedestrian happens to be a musician, who answers, “Practice, practice, practice.” Any endeavor that requires development and competition, requires practice, be it Olympic swimming, gymnastics, fencing, concert piano or professional bowling. “But wait,” youContinue reading “Practice Practice Practice”
One of the more famous (or infamous) villains in English medieval history is the Sheriff of Nottingham, the nemesis of Robin Hood. A sheriff or shire reeve, was responsible for overseeing the county or shire for the king, enforcing the laws, collecting taxes, keeping the peace. There was one very unusual sheriff during the reignsContinue reading “Nichola De La Haye–Who Knew?”
I am a writer, so I am curious. I often consider the mundane in a way that others sometimes regard as weird. My questions on a topic are often met with “Who cares?” or “You’re overthinking it.” I cannot disagree with these sentiments. However, I almost always feel compelled to pursue an inquiry despite theContinue reading “High School Reunions: A Time of Reckoning”
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing practice lately. Obviously the best way to practice is found in that golden phrase we all hear so often: just write. But I was looking for a more structured approach to practice, and possibly a break from the endless loop of edits I’m caught in with the secondContinue reading “Writing Practice”
STARTING This piece is targeted at those who have long dreamed of writing, though have yet to begin; to those folks who know there is a story inside them and are ready, or nearly ready, to let it out. WHERE TO BEGIN? So, now you sit at the table or desk facing a blank pageContinue reading “STARTING”
When it comes to plot, short-story writers have options. Of all the elements of fiction, plot may be the hardest to explain and master, possibly because the word is both a noun and a verb! In conventional language plot has a somewhat negative connotation – we never say, for example, “We’re plotting a birthday partyContinue reading “An Alternate Theory of the Crime”
Every family has its dirty secrets. This is the story of our family’s dirty secret—Moses Jordan, my paternal great grandfather—who disappeared and was never heard from again. For years, I have wanted to solve the mystery of his disappearance but there were only a few facts for me to go on. Here are the facts:Continue reading “The Mystery of Moses Jordan”
My favorite stories have ordinary people confronting extraordinary events, either fantastic or supernatural. As a writer, I try to incorporate this in my stories. In my stories, my characters, although they may possess the ability to make magic, are people I hope everyone can identify with: ordinary people. In Gatekeeper, my protagonist, an ordinary contemporaryContinue reading “I Want to Write Like Ninie Hammon”
ATTEMPT MADE TO STEAL JET AT BEDFORD AIR BASE Jersey Man Wanted to Fly to India December 1 (195X) A 35-year-old New Jersey man was taken into custody at Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, while allegedly attempting to steal a T-33 jet-trainer for a trip to India. Donald L. Lutman of BoundContinue reading “Genealogy: You Never Know What You’ll Find”
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