The Runner – The Process

The Runner is story number six in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Wake – The Process

Wake is story number five in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Hundred Eyes – The Process

A Hundred Eyes is story number four in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Pinnacle to Heaven – The Process

A Pinnacle to Heaven is story number three in the #52ShortStories challenge. As the epigraph of the story implies, the springboard for this story came from a Robert Frost poem. I’m thinking pulling potential titles from poetry is going to be a regular thing as the imagery just comes so naturally. But…

I Think YOU Can Be A Genius

The saying goes, “Asking the right question is half the answer.”1 There’s a popular misconception of nature-vs-nurture. It’s built into the nomenclature for crying out loud. People bandy it about as if the two terms are constantly opposing forces, each trying to dominate the other. A more accurate way to think about this concept, then, might be to rebrand it …

Your Imagination: The Original Frenemy

“Situations—even “dramatic” situations like bankruptcy, divorce, death and economic recession—cannot directly cause a feeling of any kind until the brain interprets and creates a story about said situation.”   Steve Chandler, Time Warrior As a writer, I find my imagination is a true frenemy. He lacks a conscience. He can spin a hell of yarn but he cares not for the …

Stop Picking Your Nose – The Interstices

I always say that I am able to use the interstices. There is a lot of space between atom and atom and electron and electron, and if we reduced the matter of the universe by eliminating all the space in between, the entire universe would be compressed into a ball. Our lives are full of interstices. This morning you rang, …

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Invictus 2016 Swimming

Sarah, Thank You for Making Me Feel Bad

Sarah Reinersten made me feel bad yesterday and I can’t thank her enough. She reminded me that I’m often not in the right frame of mind. That morning, I chatted with a gym compatriot about my running schedule and how I’ve gotten my mile pace on a 5K run down to around 8:30. I feel that’s still pretty slow (and …

You Are Either Ignorant or Inept, Until You’re Not

Please, I hope you don’t take the subject the wrong way. I’m using the royal “you.” In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande believes we fail to achieve complex goals in life for two primary reasons: The first is ignorance – we may err because science has given us only a partial understanding of the world and how it works. There …