Category The Writing Life

August at Last

It is August at last. True, there may not be much difference in day or nighttime temperatures yet. But here in the mountains, we can typically expect a tantalizing preview of the coming season during the first half of this…

Gnats Are Backkkk!


aggravation constellations whine drone hum buzz circling clouds tiny demons touch tickle itch annoy seething flocking fly specks pester 
fester foil toil climb claw crawl creep 
swat swear slap spit black spots guilty droning
 doubt loss regret neglect gnats circle…

Morgellons: A Mystery More Than Skin Deep?

Scully dictates into a tiny recorder, peering intently at a freshly-prepared slide through a state-of-the-art microscope. Fox Mulder slouches in the shadows of the lab, awaiting the diagnosis. “Fine irregular fibers of several colors, matching no known man-made substance, definitely…

Neato: Veiled Insults for All!

BUNCOMBE (n) Definition: A ludicrously false statement. Basically it means BS or nonsense. Analysis: Actually, you probably already know this word by its more common spelling: bunkum. The origin of this word is fascinating. In 1819, a North Carolina congressman,…

Big Fish, Little Fish

The latter’d be me, and I’ll necessarily be looking at other options if I self-publish in the future. What’s a tiny minnow to do: Amazon eats whales for lunch. Lightningsource (LSI) is a subsidiary of Ingrams, one of if not…

Bird Voices

  Birds were calling outside my window this morning in  the dark long before I was aware of their sounds. We  hear what we expect to hear, and for so long through  the winter, there has  been the wind, the…

Love While it Lasted

Well pffftttt. Bubble potentially re-inflatable but temporarily burst. I had my mojo working there for a while thinking I’d get this thing off to my top choice publisher and hear in 8-10 weeks. That’s what it says on their webpage…

One Brick Shy

Oh joy–to reach a goal and have it behind you is such a fine feeling. And often, a cruel joke when you read the fine print. Or in this case, find it missing entirely. I took excerpt pages of the…

Clarity

  Overwhelmed? Yes. But this is a day, a week in which I know what it is I need to do and will know when it is done. One doesn’t always have that kind of clarity of obligation or potential…