courage

The Mountains Are Calling

The sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. Moss grows on the north side of a tree. Water flows downhill, in case you ever lose your compass. The above paragraph/poem is something I wrote down, memorized, from things I was told when I was younger. ( If […]

What Makes You Happy?

Here’s a quote from the book “Illusions”, by Richard Bach… “In the path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime.” That makes the question pretty simple, though perhaps the answer(s) won’t be.Β  What makes you happy? When are you the happiest? What […]

At Ease With One’s Self

The people I’ve loved the most are those so confidently at ease with themselves, that they put others at ease. If there’s a guy railing against bacon, why it’s bad for you and no one should ever eat bacon because he hates it, and no one should ever listen to […]

Near Dark

  This film isn’t for the squeamish. It is vampires without any of the window dressing or frills. It is, oddly, the most elegant inelegant film, I’ve ever seen. I think, for me, it is likely that I’d have never said another word about this film after the first time […]

Optimism

I’ll tell you what optimism is, in a world where a fake issue of a real newspaper was distributed by activists, and went viral, and where the media got it wrong again, because they didn’t check the facts, or get the complete story, before they ran with it, I realized […]

The People in The Towns…

Because, throughout the world, the needs, and wants, of the people in the towns and the suburbs, are not the same as those of the people in the cities…. “One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, […]

Patti Smith, Just Kids

I loved this memoir from Patti Smith of her early years in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe. Some of the subject matter won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the title doesn’t reveal that this is a book for adults, and it is very gritty in places. If you are unfamiliar […]

To Be Happy

I’ve been exceptionally busy lately with no end to that in sight. I haven’t done any writing or editing in at least a week. So it goes sometimes. I was taking something of an unintentional “moment” as it were anyway, to catch my metaphorical breath. I follow Architectural Digest on […]

Undone

The other day, in promoting my vampire novel, I posted links to chapter excerpts. In reading through those excerpts again myself, I noticed places where the sentences could use tightening. I noticed places where I want to replace commas with periods. In reading one of my own stories earlier today, […]

Be In Love With Your Life

I took about a two-week break from working on anything at all writing wise and that was about as much of a break from writing as I could manage. As for what I’m working on, the thing about that is that it doesn’t matter, until the work is completed. There […]

One November, I Published Two Books

I’ve worked hard the last couple of years to get some books published, I’m thinking of them as there were “the first five,” and now there is “the magnificent seven.” I also have stories in three print anthologies, and I’m going to get those linked up with cover pictures, as […]