My Most Memorable Teacher

My most memorable school teacher would have to have been Mrs. Scruggs.  She was my teacher in the sixth grade, which was the last year of grammar school in my home town, at least in those days.  This was the last year before beginning junior high school and having to change classes and use lockers […]

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20 Things About You

You live near a major body of water. You feel as though you’ve reached a crossroads in your life. You dislike mean people. You’re learning to stop blaming your parents for everything wrong with yourself or in your life. You sometimes feel lonely even in a crowded room. At some point in your life, you […]

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Talk to Me (a dialogue about dialogue)

“So, what  do you want to talk about?” “I thought we’d talk about dialogue,” I said.  “It’s probably the most important fiction technique a writer uses to put the reader immediately into the action.” “You think it’s more important than description?” “Maybe not ‘more important’ than,” I said, “but,  it’s at least as important.  If […]

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Time to Write

Some of you who believe you are not novelists have said something to this effect:  “I would love to write a novel, but I can never find the time because of ______________ (fill in the blank).” The assumption that bugs me in this statement is that time is the only ingredient necessary to writing a novel.  […]

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Doctor Strange Days

My brother and sister-in-law gave me a Kudo TV box contraption for my birthday. It is a type of media software that, according to its own literature, allows the user to “watch and stream online and offline content.” When my brother Mike showed his own Kudo to me (just moments before my sister-in-law fell down […]

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