all signs point to someone else…

It’s been a crazy week at work and the nuttiness seems as if it will endure forever. We’ve had some major changes take place in the corporate structure recently and it’s put all of the suits on edge. Of course this means that those of us beneath the suits suffer the consequences as the game of managerial one-upsmanship begins! All …

won't you be my neighbor…

Enter house, remove jacket, hang jacket, remove sweater, put on sweater, sit down, remove formal shoes, put on sneakers, begin adventure! And when the adventure had ended, the process was reversed. …every…single…day. If there’s only one thing Mr. Rogers did well (and what cold-hearted monster would say it was only one thing?!), it was repetition. He had formed a routine …

750 words….

I recently came across 750words.com, a nerd-enhanced and up-to-date implementation based on an old concept from The Artist’s Way. Without rehashing in detail what you can already read on their website, the idea is to spit out at least 750 words (approximately 3 pages) of whatever crosses your mind, typically as a morning exercise. It’s akin to hiring Molly Maid …

it's who you know…

Well, I now have two (very) short stories under my belt. I feel like this is progress, because this time last year, that number was hovering around, oh…. zero. I’m not sure where my next project will take me, but I can say that practice makes perfect. I feel like I did a better job of writing my last story, …

Apex

As a series of rocks tumbled down the slope, a cloud of gray dust ascended and collapsed quickly due to the thin air. A small wolf spider scrambled to avoid certain death, or at least a very bad day. Michael had been stuck in this spot for at least twenty minutes and had little to show for his progress.  He …

the whole enchilada…

Thanksgiving was nice. I stuffed myself on enchiladas (very traditional, I know…). They weren’t even turkey enchiladas, but they did contain their fowl brethren, chicken. Everyone seemed to enjoy them. In other news, I spent a good deal of time today sitting in an empty office and working hard on my next story. I’m very excited about where it’s going …

giving thanks…

I normally don’t give much credence to the meaning of Thanksgiving, but I thought that it was at least something I could post about: My wife. There’s much to be said about having someone that keeps you laughing and is always there to listen to your problems (when you actually talk about them). My family. Without their unconditional support and …

real genius…

I think I’ve come up with a storyline I’m happy with. Next I just need to finalize my outline and start spitting out the words. My current employer requires someone to be in the office this Friday (the day after Thanksgiving for any non-USers reading this). Most folks get it off, so it will likely be very quiet. A great …

achievement? achievement!

So, with regard to my writing method, I’m trying a different tack with the next story. I think part of reason it took me so long to crank out a very short piece like Beta-Carotene is that I was trying to multitask. I started to edit without even finishing my story and found that at one point, I had barely …

all potatoes, no meat…

I decided to begin anew and start another short story (thanks for chiming in Wes). Yesterday, I began putting together an outline. I’m at the stage where I have a general idea of atmosphere, but I’m having a hard time figuring out where the story should go. More specifically, I’m struggling to make it interesting. I can spit-shine and polish …