Angus Bumblebee Costume
Angus Bumblebee Costume

Superhero Mode, Engage

Starting today, I have ten weeks left in which to finish fifteen stories if I hope to meet the goal I set on July 31st of 2017. Whether it’s fighting sickness, familial and work obligations, or general lethargy, the enemy is around every corner (I feel a little out of sorts referring to family as the enemy, but the writing …

Let Us Write

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the fact that I’ve finished more short stories in five weeks than I have in five years. That’s a bitter root to chew on, but there it …

Walk the Walk

I wonder about the trees. Why do we wish to bear Forever the noise of these More than another noise So close to our dwelling place? We suffer them by the day Till we lose all measure of pace, And fixity in our joys, And acquire a listening air. They are that that talks of going But never gets away; …

I’ve Lived a Good Life

Nearly seven years ago, my aunt spoke those words from a hospital bed, surrounded by her husband, my wife, and me. What started as breast cancer had spread nearly everywhere in her body and a woman I loved more than words can paint had accepted reality while this nephew still foolishly held out for a miracle. She was looking forward …

Prepare Yourself

Every evening, before I go to bed, I perform the following ritual: Pull out the gym clothes I’ll be wearing the next morning. Pull out the work clothes I’ll be changing into after my post-workout shower. Pack my gym bag with a towel and work shoes. Put my gym shoes besides the gym bag. Prep my coffee maker so I …

The Illusion of Straight Lines

Occasionally, I think back to all of the times when I was trying to learn something difficult. Memories of frustration and anxiety. When I do that, the conclusions usually sound the same: “If only I had done this thing sooner…” or “I wasted so much time on that…” And then I wonder if I would be where I am today …

Pity for the Walking Dead: Keep Fighting

“These people, thousands of them, were called the Muselmänner, the ‘moslems’ or ‘walking dead,’ for whom time ran out before they were able to shake the sense of nightmare and wake to their predicament. They starved, they fell sick, they stumbled into situations which got them killed. For them the collapse was too much, too many psychic and physical blows too …

No Lights. No Camera. Just Action.

“Whatever it is, figuring it out isn’t enough. Once you know something that might help, you have to do it.” — Doing It by Patricia C. Wrede You can read page-long descriptions about giant sequoia trees, but until you stand beneath one, you can’t truly feel how small you are. You can hear about your friend’s dreadful first date, but until …

Ouroboros
F-14 Tomcat

Highway to the Uncomfortable Zone

The first couple of hours checking into our hotel last night were consumed with soothing a frantic Angus. First it was the elevator. He wanted nothing to do with its tightly enclosed space and its automatic doors sealing him up like a trapped insect. We managed to console him enough to get from the first floor to the second. Then …

I Don’t Feel Like It

“The biggest fallacy there is about making good use of one’s time is that you have to feel like doing something before you can do it. That you have to know how to motivate yourself prior to your action. Try this: Have the action happen first. You can work up a sweat with wild action just by doing it. Then …