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The Author of Alice in Wonderland’s Birthday

“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.” ~ Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) was born on this day in Cheshire, England in 1832. For some reason a number of his biographers claimed he was shy....

Jules Feiffer’s Birthday

This is the birthday of cartoonist, playwright, and novelist Jules Feiffer. Born in New York (the Bronx) in 1929, he decided while still a youngster to be a cartoonist. He showed his work to cartoonist Will Eisner who hired the teenager. Perhaps being drafted in 1951...

“If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when [your children] are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.” ~ Catherine M. Wallace, author

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The Big Stuff

Why Did I Just See ‘The Interview’

I just watched ‘The Interview,’ that new Seth Rogan film. I wasn’t going to see it because I heard it was terrible, but with all the publicity (I wasn’t going to let the North Koreans try to keep me from seeing a movie!) and after seeing that...

Revisiting Old Friends

Once every few months the urge comes over me and I know nothing more is going to be done that evening, no more writing, no perusing of recipes, no time with football or baseball or Facebook or even a good book, especially a good book. Some old friends hato must be ...

Misspelling or do you say mispeling?

I was just looking at a Your Dictionary infographic of ten commonly misspelled or misused words. And I have to admit, I have a problem with some of them. First, the last on the list which and that, I’ll never understand. As far as I’m concerned the two words are often interchangeable. I use whichever one seems to better say whatever it is I am trying to say: Which is the truth. That is the truth.

Words Invented by Writers

There is more to creative writing than just making up stories and characters that often seem very real. In some ways making up stuff is one of the perks of being a writer. A writer can live in imaginary worlds and can even make up words such as scrutchel (a word I just made up which I think I will use as using a word that doesn’t exist as a crutch for not wanting to actually find one that means what you want to say).

Someone is in Trouble…

And then there was the day I made magic marker mustaches on my little brother’s and my faces. It’s a good story today, but I remember it was a big mistake after my mother scrubbed my face till it hurt, but it just wouldn’t come off. Now, I should...

We’re Magicians

Of course magic is not limited to paper and words — paint, metal, lights, stone, glass, fabric, even food or

A Cold Weather Writing Prompt

It’s been too long since I last posted a writing prompt. Since I’ve always thought of October not as a month in Autumn, but the month that signals the beginning of winter, it seems this scene should be suitable. The scene: a cliff Weather: It is cold...

The Password of Death

A story I began working on awhile ago that I haven’t touched in months surfaced today when I saw this picture. The story is a humorous thriller (or maybe just a bumbling idiot trying to stay alive). In one scene my hero, Torrance, is fleeing from a trio of guys...

Convincing Myself

Where it sometimes gets scary is when I’m out, such as shopping at the grocery store or maybe the mall and one of my characters starts talking to me. Often I will talk back, but if I forget where I am, which is easy if the conversation is good, I might be...

What Every Baby Wants: Metallica Lullabies

If you have a baby and you’re tired of singing the child to sleep (or in some cases humming) the child to sleep with the same old tunes, you might want to invest in Metallica Lullaby’s. A recording of 11 Metallica songs rearranged into what are advertised as “soothing” lullabies.

My Biography?

A major concern of mine is that this will be the title of my biography. Rather than that title, I’d prefer, “Well, It Was a Good Try.”

The Most Important Thing In the world

I’d love to have thousands and thousands of people read what I write, but that isn’t as important as doing it because even if there are times I don’t think it’s important, I know it is.

Looking at a Funeral

Two men stood on a beach talking. “You can’t just dump his body in the ocean.” “That’s what he said he wanted.” “But it’s his least favorite place. He’s not a water person.” “So, what’re we gonna do, dump his body in the woods somewhere...

I Am Crazy !

Sitting here, day after day, trying to turn ideas into words and sentences and paragraphs that will make enough sense, cast enough of a web to grab the attention

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