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July 2, 2020

A while back, I linked to an excellent story on Medium by Steve Newman, “The Death of Ernest Hemingway.”


For those new to my writings, I am an admired of Ernest Hemingway, the man and artist and storyteller. In my novel, “One Day I Was,” I create a fictional character,...

July 1, 2020

.....doesn't mean you didn't write a good story!

On the author pages I belong to on social media, I see comments from authors distraught that someone gave their writing a negative review. In a profound way, when I read these comments, it pains me.

When someone reviews a...

June 30, 2020


I have had people express condemnation and condescension and consternation at the dark themes of my writings about damaged people, myself included. And how I, and my characters, do not respond in ways in which those who look down from ivory towers deem appropriate. 

Pa...

June 29, 2020

I posted earlier about this. I just listened to “Good Night Saigon.” I am having such strong emotions of sadness right now that I felt compelled to again write.

I entered the Navy around a decade after the end of the Vietnam War. I served with many who saw combat, lost...

June 29, 2020

When I read the stories reporting that Russia may have put bounties on U.S. Service People serving in Afghanistan and President Trump was aware and turned a blind eye — I wept.

I have a question mark at the end of the title, because I don’t want to believe it. For the s...

June 28, 2020

Back in 1974 the Watergate Scandal dominated the local and national newscasts. It was inescapable. A genuine Constitutional crisis the likes our nation had, to date, not seen was unfolding before our very eyes. A cancer on the presidency was growing.

The scandal led to...

June 27, 2020

Trapped by walls without end

Within cages with no doors

Secured by locks with no keys

A soul, devastated and crushed

Caught in an eternal void

Escape not possible

Confidence, did I ever have it?

Courage, was it an illusion?

Hope, a false prophet

Belief, nothing but a hidden lie

...

June 26, 2020

For some, school is a nightmare. Each and every day made a living hell by those who are stronger, bolder, without kindness or compassion.

What happens to one who lives in fear? 

One who is pushed to their breaking point? 

One who simply wants to be accepted?

We can't escap...

June 24, 2020

 To get started, write one true sentence.

Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes:

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squee...

June 23, 2020

The following is a scene I had left out from “Tortured and Tormented – creating a school shooter.” It was omitted because I ended up taking out the grandmother role in the final text.

Next I had intended to use it in, “Is Suicide Painless.” It would have taken place whe...

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