Number 15

I had one cavity in my life, when I was eleven or twelve years old. Lucky for me, it was in a tooth that came out when I had braces. At sixteen, my teeth were straight and metal free. I’ve spent the last 20 years proud of the fact that my teeth were in great ...

Anniversary

January 2008, I started this blog. At the time it had been nearly four years since I’d written anything of significance. In the last two years, I have completed a final draft of a novel ten years in the making, finished the first draft of a second and partially completed the first draft of a ...

Winter Wonderful

I ran yesterday through snowy Central Park, filled with the laughter of children sledding down white capped hills, parents milling about, talking, fathers joining their children on round sleds or fancy toboggans. I had planned on a short trip to the park and home again, but when I got there, the snow underfoot and the ...

West Side Story

The music is snappy, jazzy. The dancers, inspiring. Karen Olivo as Anita will blow you away. The scenery for the rumble under the bridge is one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. As the bridge itself sank onto the stage, I thought I was watching a real bridge being extended into the blue background. ...

These lights will inspire you

Empire State Of Mind (Part II)…

Once In a Lifetime 1

You may ask yourself, how did I get here? You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down Letting the days go by, water flowing underground Under the blue again, after the money’s ...

Short Story reading goal 1

The short story has been getting a lot of press lately. Not without reason. The e-book market is starting to dig in for the long haul and I for one am glad for it. Writers have so many places to submit work these days the task can be overwhelming. And the online resources for writers ...

E-books

It was bound to happen. Last week, The Atlantic announced that it would start selling two short fiction stories per month exclusively through the Amazon Kindle. I’m not against electronic publishing; I’m all for it, in fact. However, I think that electronic versions of should be made available across a wide range of media and ...

Depressing

I’ve had a couple of songs stuck in my head for the last week or so. One of them is from Jekyll & Hyde: The Gothic Musical. It’s the Board of Governors scene in which Henry Jekyll tries to convince the board of St. Jude’s Hospital to let him try his medical formula on a ...

Treatment

Oh, I’m having fun again. After a couple of months of not writing anything new, I’ve spent the last week plotting and working out some character sketches for a book I’m going to start in January. Like my last NaNo, I’m working on an outline in advance. I’ve already written some of the story, though ...