Thanksgiving Leftovers, and Some Fresh Meat

First, the leftover thoughts from last week: Why do dogs love turkey so much? We left the turkey on the stove on Saturday night, to be picked at. My dog parked herself in the kitchen and barked at it, one bark every 5 or 10 seconds, until we kicked her out of the room. Thanks […]

Women and Men

First, some music, just because I like the song, and we haven’t heard from They Might Be Giants in this space for a while (Short video, 1:47): In early October my wife and I had the pleasure of playing host/tour guide for a gentleman who was in from out of town. How this came about […]

Monday Fluff Post: Suspension of What?

A few weeks back, we had a conversation at the dinner table about…something, I don’t really remember what it was. Books, movies, maybe something else, I don’t really remember. What I do remember is I reached for a phrase, one that the writers among my readers are probably familiar with (and maybe everyone, I’m not […]

The Fiddler of the Truth

In Monday’s post I alluded to my girls’ participation in the high school musical as being difficult for me. It was, but it wasn’t all related to the seemingly non-stop shuttling of kids back and forth to school for evening rehearsals. That could have been a lot worse. Our town is in the hinterlands relative […]

Back on Track?

Last week was a tough one. If you read – or, rather, viewed – Friday’s post, you get the idea of what I was up against. It was a trying week on several levels. First, my NaNoWriMo and my NaNoReviMo turned into NaNoNo-Mo. Hence, the brick wall. The WriMo was understandable. I had written two […]

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A Lost Dream

Dreams are often filled with garbled messages and strange people—do they really mean anything? In all likelihood, yes. The problem is, dreams tend to dissolve on contact with the waking world, like cotton candy in your mouth, and the harder we try to remember them, the faster they disappear. In literature and movies, dreams are […]

Friday Frenzy: The NaNos

Oh, what a fool am I. So, I committed to two NaNos this week. NaNoWriMo, of course, that you know about. But when Peggy Eddleman started talking up NaNoReviMo, I thought, why not? Why not? indeed. Parallel Lives was just about ready to go. And it’s about time, too. I’ve been writing that sucker since […]

NaNo Yes, or NaNo No?

NaNo YES! I must be nuts. Appropriate, since I just finished reading Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (I’m just loving my daughter’s AP English class reading list). I heartily recommend that book, by the way. But, yes, I’m in. I actually sketched out a short list of characters and the barest bones […]