Category: Writing & Reading

Literary interests that arise from daily life. Books that affected me, stories that rise up to my pen, a few poems, and issues of craft.

Zen in the Art of Writing

Ray Bradbury. 1975

Following Bradbury’s advice, I do a thousand words on stories, fleshing them out. Those that retain gusto, I go with and try to improve.

Wet Weather

Wet Weather publ. in MENSA Best of the Best

The sky, greyed with storm clouds, hid the motions of the rain person. Between each drop and within many shadows moved the person who caused that which has no cause.

Bingo Day

Bingo Day card

Most of my year at St. Jerome grammar school was a pleasure, but Bingo Day in the 8th grade was an exception.

Happy Path

One Happy Path

Blake developed a new status–‘The Happy Path’. If your program worked for good data, it was assigned to the Happy Path.

Speed of a Novel. Middlemarch

More action with shorter sequels is the rule in commercial fiction these days, but I mustn’t forget that the sequels must be full enough to make the skein of actions sensibly linked.

Words and Writing

What else accounts for the difference most of us experience between the vigor of our speech and the difficulty of our writing?