The Second Week Blues

This is not a post about writing, not exactly. But then again, it’s about life, so I’m sure there’s some practical applications in it, especially to you New Adult writers. The Magpie officially entered her second week at college yesterday, though she was not quite through her first week of classes. We took her last […]

Lessons From TV: Breaking Bad

I’m a terrible TV watcher. By that I mean I never keep up. I hear about shows I’d like to watch from somewhere or other, make note of the night, time and station, and then forget all about it until the day after it airs. I’m always behind. Of course, Netflix and Amazon and On […]

A Delay

Okay, I’ve totally bungled this one, folks, and I don’t know why. On Monday I linked to an AW thread, promised I’d have more today about it, and I’ve been writing like a fiend since. And I’ve got? A whole lot of stuff, but nothing coherent, and my efforts to write it are making my […]

Caught by Surprise

Well, not really. I actually started my post last night, but first drafts are rough. I also have not enough time this morning–the Catbird starts cross country at 7:15 and we’re off to The Big City immediately afterward to pick up last-minute items for the Magpie this morning. She’s off to college on Wednesday. So, […]

Cheating Little Liebster

So I’m back from vacation, but I’m still in vacation mode, still catching up with everyone, still trying to get back in the ‘groove’ and figure out what’s going on and all that jazz. We had a nice time seeing family, eating lobster (not me, though; I hate shellfish), fishing, hitting the ocean, catching up […]

Musical Monday: Drowned

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail […]

Kick Back Time

The desire to get away can be a powerful motivator. I’ve seen a few of you in recent weeks report on making a big push to finish up a project so you could  go on vacation with a clean slate. I wasn’t aware I was doing that until mid-week,  but that must have been what […]

An Award!

But first, apropos of Friday’s post, here’s a little musical bit from Counting Crows, their first big hit, Mr. Jones. I remember hearing a story at one point that the Crows had decided to stop performing this song in concert, partly because it was about the desire for fame and, having achieved said fame, their […]

Will Success Change Your Blog?

About five years back the Magpie convinced us to get a trial account for World of Warcraft, a multi-player online game, which has Tolkien, King Arthur and obvious and subtle pop culture references all rolled into one. My wife jumped into it right away and was hooked. I held out for about a month before […]