Monthly Archives: April 2012

Write By Numbers
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“By the age of 10 the average child will use up about 730 crayons. That adds up to about 11 boxes of 64 crayons.” Source: “Crayola Crayons – a love affair” – Bob Borson’s blog “Life of an Architect” Do you remember the first time you stayed inside the lines in your coloring book? How about the first time you completed a paint-by-numbers project that actually resembled the photo on the box? Imagine every aspect of your life having such a simple and well planned set of instructions and boundaries. EVERY aspect. Utopia? I think not. Life like that would be a bit boring, not to mention, a little creepy. It would make Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” look like Woodstock. In his article “Why Socialists Don’t Believe in Fun” George Orwell wrote: “Nearly all creators of Utopia have resembled the man who has toothache, and therefore thinks happiness consists in not having toothache. They wanted to produce a perfect society by an endless continuation of something that had only been valuable because it was temporary. The wider course … Continue reading

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Personal Writing Challenge
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I mentioned in my post “Adversity or Inspiration?” that, with the help of life’s little twists and curves, my writing projects list has increased by a fair amount as of late. That’s a good thing when you consider the flexibility in choices for work each day. But, at the same time, I now have this huge pile of work to finish. A bit daunting when you look at it like that. Needless to say, I woke up this morning, powered up my laptop and became instantly overwhelmed at the possibilities for the day. Instead of sitting here scratching my head all morning, I decided to take a break from my list for the day, but I wasn’t prepared to call the whole day off for writing. TWEET! Choosing one of my normal “break time” activities, I decided to check my social media stuff. I read a few blog posts and realized I was drifting closer and closer to that digital black hole that always tries to steal hours from my work day. WHAT TO DO? Well, I … Continue reading

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“Armoth Ridge”
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NOTE: If you didn’t get to this particular part of my site through the post “Personal Writing Challenge”, you will want to go there first to understand what you are reading here. If you’d rather not, please understand that what you are reading on this page is a completely rough, first draft clip of a story, posted as a part of the Personal Writing Challenge article. That said, whichever you choose, thanks for spending time with me and enjoy! That awful smell again. Not quite rotten eggs… worse. More like rotten eggs fried in tar. Jo Lynn couldn’t get that smell out of her head, even after she was awake and on her second cup of coffee. She lit scented candles in an effort to give her brain something else to work on in the odor department. Not that she thought it would do any good, it never worked any of the times before. She sat back down and tried to think of something else. She had lots to do today which wasn’t unusual lately. She had … Continue reading

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“Killing Clause”
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NOTE: If you didn’t get to this particular part of my site through the post “Personal Writing Challenge”, you will want to go there first to understand what you are reading here. If you’d rather not, please understand that what you are reading on this page is a completely rough, first draft clip of a story, posted as a part of the Personal Writing Challenge article. That said, whichever you choose, thanks for spending time with me and enjoy! “There is a God” he thought as he opened his eyes. He couldn’t yet smell it, but he heard the coffee pot kick on and start to sputter, and that was one of the first two things he was thankful for every day. The other was, of course, that he woke up to see another day. He wasn’t an extremely religious man, but he grew up going to church and knew that the Big Guy was looking out for him. He had to be. He rolled onto his back, rubbed his eyes and the pressed his skull between … Continue reading

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“Boots”
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NOTE: If you didn’t get to this particular part of my site through the post “Personal Writing Challenge”, you will want to go there first to understand what you are reading here. If you’d rather not, please understand that what you are reading on this page is a completely rough, first draft clip of a story, posted as a part of the Personal Writing Challenge article. That said, whichever you choose, thanks for spending time with me and enjoy! As hard as he’d worked all of his life, Wade had never seen that hue on socks before. That’s not surprising though, since he never really looked at his socks. Even if he did, he probably wouldn’t have noticed anyway. It’s kind of hard to see that much color in a dark room and, God knows, he never left the room without his boots on. His curiosity was gone almost as soon as it had arrived. Yes, he had worked harder days than today, but he was ready for it to be over. He looked at the old … Continue reading

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Writer’s Voice or Voices?
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I’ve struggled with this thing called “writing voice” lately. It’s not because I don’t understand it and it’s not because I don’t have a pretty good idea what my “voice” in writing would be at any given time. It’s because, after reading tons of blogs and articles on the subject, I’ve come to realize that I have more than one. A little background. From my youngest days I’ve been on stage for one reason or another and have learned the value of finding the proper “voice” for a performance. At about five years old I began singing in my church choir. That led to many years of performing in various types of groups in my lifetime. From Madrigals and the Chamber Choir in high school and college, to musicals, coffee shops, campfires and few attempts at becoming a “rock star”. I was such a great musician and singer that I became a writer, but that’s not my point here. When I was performing Chamber Music, especially during a solo, my delivery was very “traditional” or “proper” (Think … Continue reading

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Adversity or Inspiration?
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“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” — Tom Clancy This is so true. When we begin a fictional journey, whether we are reading, watching a movie or writing, we expect most things to be explained by the end of the story. We don’t like loose ends. But what about reality? Especially when we are put in a position to reflect on our lives. From the time we realize that we have a past, we begin to replay and analyze our experiences. And once we’ve reached our age of accountability, we begin to realize how often our own choices, actions and reactions determine what will happen in the future. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. – H. P. Lovecraft The unforeseen is what makes it so difficult to live a stress free life and follow our dreams at times. Things happen, and we don’t always understand why the decisions we’ve made didn’t produce the results we had … Continue reading

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