Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Would anybody publish a story about an eighty year-old woman and ten year-old boy who have nothing at all in common except their mutual obsession with honeybees? Probably not, but I wrote it anyway.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Some say...

Some say Drovers Gap is a magical place, but we try not to let it show too much. We only make our spells at night, after all the tourists are away to home and bed.


Friday, July 20, 2018

...seldom need.

There's seldom need to waste time unless we secretly want something to complain about. I found this quiet shady nook to work on my story while I waited for The Main Muse to join me for lunch. They make stupendous pizza here. The pizza itself would have been worth the wait, but it wouldn't have been nearly as good without her company.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


I like writing short stories better than writing novels. It is harder to write a good short story, but a novel takes a lot longer. At my age, my odds of finishing a short story are much better.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wade in the water...

It isn’t a perfect story, although a friend kindly called it that. The Main Muse says it is the best story I’ve written. What I know for sure is that it is as good as anything I’ve written. It turned out just the way I saw it when I began writing it, and it surprised me several times along the way. Most of my short stories leave the “ending” to the reader. This one comes to a definite conclusion, and manages to still have a future. I like it very much.  It makes me hopeful about the next project.

Now I need to find somebody who will pay me to publish it. Writing stories is a low-overhead endeavor, but it is necessary to try to wring a little money out of it so one can pay some of the bills that piled up while writing.

Wade in the Water recounts William Erwin’s escape from the local eldercare facility, and it reminds us that every escape from somewhere is an escape to somewhere else. When his story finds a home, I’ll let you know where to read it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018