Category Archives: Art

A WEE STORY FOR THE LASSIES AND LADDIES

I’m wearing green for all the Chinese-Irish in the house!  Me and that one other dude.  (Hey, bro.) Today is not only St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s the fabulous, awesome, rocking-good-time St. Patrick’s Day blogfest hosted by the lovely Alexia … Continue reading

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A PROFESSIONAL SEEKS ORDER

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  Some years ago, when I was working as a court reporter in civil court, I reported a wrongful termination trial.  It probably wouldn’t have been memorable except for the fact that the plaintiff’s attorney was a walking disaster. This … Continue reading

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THE SECRET, NEVER-BEFORE-PHOTOGRAPHED CELEBRATORY RITUAL OF HOUSEHOLD DINOSAURS IN HONOR OF YOU

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Dudes, I’m tired…oh, so tired.  But it was totally worth it.  The Household Dinosaurs really know how to get down!  Once I forwarded our awesome, stupendous word count to the head shaman dinosaur (Tink Triceratops) — via smoke signal, of … Continue reading

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A COMPLETE STORY IN 3:08 MINUTES

Everyone says you need to read, read, read to understand how story works.  While this is true, sometimes you just need to give 3:08 minutes of your undivided attention.  [Warning:  Contains graphic scenes.] I was turned on to this video … Continue reading

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WHEN YOUR BRAIN GETS IN YOUR WAY

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Now we come to the third and most difficult part of an idea’s journey to becoming a first draft story, and that is the brain.  That’s right.  The very thing responsible for making us capable of placing words next to … Continue reading

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HOW TO CATCH GOOD IDEAS AND LOTS OF THEM

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On Friday, I talked about ideas and how they find their way to me from wherever they come from.  Perhaps I made it sound too easy — true, these days, it’s easier than it’s ever been — but it definitely … Continue reading

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A L*VE POEM

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  *     *     * When I sail the dark and stormy night on a ship I cannot name, You mark it on the map. When I wander lost in strange countries, You cast yourself down like breadcrumbs. When I fall … Continue reading

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HOW THEY FIND ME

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Before Fat Cat shipped off to the Army last year, I used to spend a couple of hours each morning at the local Starbucks to write while he watched the baby.  Our Starbucks is barely a mile away, but it … Continue reading

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THE SPEED OF STORY

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The speed of story is how long it takes for an idea to become a first draft. Let’s say you type 30 words per minute.  It stands to reason that you should be able to produce 5,000 words in about … Continue reading

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THE SECRET LIVES OF DINOSAURS

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Before we get too far afield, I wanted to address the word count widget and the accountability I hope it brings with all its dinosaur goodness. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote:  ” The goal is 16 consecutive 3,000-word-days. … Continue reading

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