Category: Wanderings

Write Drunk, Edit Sober – Ernest Hemingway

Write drunk, edit sober, a quote ascribed to Ernest Hemingway. Of course Hemingway said it.  Anyone who knows anything about Hemingway knows he was a drunk, a drinker, a consumer of great quantities of intoxicants.  He had to have said that.  But, what if he said it and he...

“Keep Reaching For The Stars” – Casey Kasum

Do you remember when Casey Kasum told us “to keep reaching for the stars?”  If you do, you’re showing your age, just as I am.  None the less, remembering his signing off mantra from his weekly radio show is a perfect way for me to introduce my topic, “reaching...

Monet and Me

I believe it is important to embrace one’s heritage.  We all have a history to be proud of and I was a “country hick.”  You don’t believe me?  Well, when I was a kid I was sure the only writer worth honoring was Louis L’ Amour.  Between Louis handling...

The Elf in my Shoe

Chapter Two – guest author Alexandra Wilson Henry J watched his feet swinging under the cracked vinyl bus seat, his forehead pressed against the seat in front of him, as the bus rattled and bounced down the street.  The other kids were laughing and chatting quietly, but he had...

The Elf In The Shoe

Chapter One:   “Henry J, get down here and eat your breakfast.  The bus is going to be here any minute.” “Coming, Dad.” “Well, hurry up, already.  I’ve called you now three times.  I made oatmeal, your favorite.” “Is that the burning smell?” “There’s no burning smell down here. ...

Had big plans tonight! Went to see Lois

Had big plans tonight! Went to see Lois Lowry, writer of “The Giver” at an author’s chat. Planned to fantasize about doing one myself. Joke was on me. Turned away at the door. Sat on the grass and daydreamed about it. Had fun anyway. http://ow.ly/i/adlGs http://ow.ly/L9qTV...

Vengeance Is Mine

Finally, the wait is almost over!  I can announce to those who have patiently waited and those who did not that Vengeance Is Mine, the third book in the Sam and Laura series is in the final stages of processing! If all stays on track, the book will be...

Mom’s Rocks

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “Hey, how did you get involved raising money for breast cancer research?  I know you fight for Constitutional issues and you’re a sucker for dogs and other animals, but why breast cancer research?” At the time, I just smiled and...

What’s The Value?

What’s the value of a breast?  You know, how much is a breast worth? I’m not talking about the combo meal with two sides and a soft drink at your local fast food store; I’m talking about a woman’s breast.  How much is it worth? Truth be told, I...

It’s Not a Real Book

I have to smile at people sometimes.  They ask me, “You’ve published a book?” I reply, “Yes, four of them now.” “Who’s your publisher?” “Amazon, I self-publish.” “Oh, so they’re not real books.” Thirty years ago, a comment like that would have resulted in one of us getting hurt....