So the muse just tackled me in the hallway, and I decided to put some thoughts into words. Muses are fickle things however, and rather than pontificate on a sensible subject, abound with relevance and utility, I’ve been forced instead by my own inclinations to expound upon a random course of discussion started by the […]

Writing prompts: Genre: Western Character: A trial lawyer Setting: Atlantic City Boardwalk Verbs: slither, masticate, interrogate The story: He stepped up onto the boardwalk, his boot heels pounding the wood planks as he stalked towards a lone figure leaning against the rail. He paused for a moment to feel the sea breeze on his face, […]

Is there such a thing as a plain and simple “bad guy” who isn’t a laughable cartoon, in real life or in fiction? (I can already hear someone saying “Donald Trump!” but where does one draw the line between bad guy and cartoon?) Does making a bad guy character more interesting (giving him/her a backstory […]

(besides going back to school) is that it means it’s almost October. The next best thing about September is this song (no, not the one by Kurt Weill) Try to Remember which most of us will recognize from the Brothers Four clip. Fans of Broadway History will recognize it as the hit from The Fantasticks, but some […]

Sir! It has come to my attention that an unguarded remark relevant to my motivations behind teaching myself to play the guitar (some 50+ years since) gives credence to the notion that said endeavor was an effort to “get chicks.” Pfeh, sir. Not a bit of it. I had been fronting a clot of folkies […]

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.  — Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy […]

Writing is hard—not something anyone in the group needs to be told, I’m sure. I think we all face our own writing-related challenges, be they finding the time to do it, finding the mental concentration, overcoming our particular weak points, or just getting a dang character right… It’s a mind game we play with ourselves, […]