Category: Writing & Reading

Conspiracy Theorists and Excuse Mavens

Conspiracy theorists and excuse mavens come from the same folly, using low probability events to make up stories and draw their conclusions. Shakespeare caught it perfectly. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. All Hillary’s actions are subjected to the low probability interpretations to cast umbrage upon…

Dialog in Fiction

Dialog in Fiction I stumbled across a lode for creating realistic dialog in a surprising book. Before I get to that, let me just highlight some key elements that dialog in fiction must perform. Convey plot information Display the speaker’s attitude, background, and social strata Sound like people speak Create tension between the speaker’s goal…

Louisa May Alcott

Reading has always brought me pleasure, but I came to enjoy writing only after many years. It fascinates me how writers came to their calling. On Amazon Prime the other night, I watched the American Masters biographical documentary of Louisa May Alcott. She was much different and more complex than my imaginings. Her history was…

Boomer … Sees the Light

My short story collection, Boomer,  is now available at Amazon. Give it a look when you have a chance. All baby boomers are not the same. There are many strains of differences. The common suburban strain of long hair, dope smoking, and economic opportunity was a myth in some urban neighborhoods where work-a-day conservatism fought…

Two Thoughts Wide

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Two thoughts wide The universe spanned Checkerboard strips across nature’s miracle Night dark crowded Constellations thin but connected Soaring high, frozen quick Neighbors friendly, landscape neat Homes warm with cooking dinner Goods cheap or dear Goods function or fail Beyond the realm Goods fair, Work yet cheap Weekday prayers, regular wishes Definite answers, questions long…

Technical Writing Course

Some of my classmates mentioned they wish they had my “Letting Your Subconscious Work for You” instructions to read before the semester began. The instructions essay describes a technique I’ve used since college.