Category Archives: Inspiration

Out of the Rough?

I feel a little like an absentee parent around here.  I’ve been neglecting my tiny patch of digital space, but I’ve had a good reason.  Really, I do.  If you’ve been following my infrequent updates this year, you know I’ve … Continue reading

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Celebrate Small Victories

The writing has been coming slowly for a couple of months now, so I feel good that I’ve finally finished a story today!  Sure I cranked out a first draft of a novella in January, but that draft hasn’t gotten … Continue reading

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Back in the Writing Saddle

March was a lost month for writing.  I was disappointed, sure, but I also realize that everything in life has its ups and downs, ebbs and flows.  Considering how many months I had been productive with my writing endeavors, a … Continue reading

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Inspiration: Wheat King

My flash story “Wheat King” appeared today at Every Day Fiction.  I wrote this piece a long time ago, and it found its way almost immediately into the trunk.  It simply didn’t work, and at the time, I wasn’t a … Continue reading

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It’s Snowing

It’s snowing today.  I haven’t seen it snowing out my window in over twenty years.  Living in the tropics will do that.  I felt like a little kid again sledding with my daughter down the driveway.  So much fun.  So … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Bill of Rights

Many writers struggle with self-doubt.  I don’t know if this is a product of type of people who write, or if it’s the result of the subjective nature of measuring what’s “good writing” that leaves them crippled when trying to assess … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Forget the Rain”

My story “Forget the Rain” appeared this month at Kasma SF.  I wrote it shortly after joining the Codex writing group early in 2011.  Codex is a large community of predominantly new writers who share information about the publishing business and … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “The Octopus Garden”

Two weeks ago, Suction Cup Dreams: An Octopus Anthology was published by obsolescent.info press.  The anthology contains my story “The Octopus Garden.”  I originally wrote this story in 1991 after watching a documentary on Vanuatu.  The documentary had a sequence in … Continue reading

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Ack! NaNoWriMo is Here Already

Where did October go?  Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on the ending of a month, but with October ending, it means November is starting.  November means National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a celebration of … Continue reading

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Coming Home to Autumn

I spent last week on the road attending a science conference in Madison, Wisconsin as part of my day job.  Madison is a beautiful city with huge stone edifices for building and a green ethic that is visible on every street corner—recycle … Continue reading

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