a party of latin greeks…

Just when I think I’ve Googled them all, I came across another excellent site for writers – Scribophile. The site itself is quite user friendly and the community seems to be very supportive of each other. They have a really cool system for ensuring that your writing is thoroughly critiqued. Basically, they’ve set up a karma system that works as …

time invested, time returned…

Woohoo! Thanks to all the well-wishers on my certification exam. I passed and am now free to focus on my next big project, “Things I’d Rather Do.” At the top of the list in that project is – write a novel. I’m taking the plunge, dang-nabbit. If I fail, I fail. I only have myself to blame. But you can’t …

the day after today…

Tomorrow is my big CCIE renewal exam. It’s normally not a big deal, but I haven’t put as much effort into studying and refreshing myself for it this time around as I should have. I feel somewhat confident, but that’s always the case for me when it comes to tests. A regular nervous Nellie. Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with …

Inked

Based on Chuck Wendig’s 12/1/2011 Flash Fiction Friday. King Snurl wasn’t what anyone would classify as a genius. He was no idiot, but what he lacked in book smarts was more than made up for in charisma and a passion for his beliefs. With regard to how others should be treated, he absolutely knew what was right and what was …

and the journey begins…

December 4th, 2011 marks the day that I began my 750words.com journey. We’ll see where that takes me. Now the true questions are: Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Will I stick with it long enough to find out? I’m like a distracted toddler. I get bored of repetition easily. And if I’m not seeing results, my brain …

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 …