Vincent and Lily (part of a story)

I wrote this some day ago and still like it. Please forgive any typos and mistakes…I don’t have it in me to do anything more than cursory proofreading.  Birds tire of flying after a while. One bird named Tom was exhausted and said to his wing mate, “Listen, I gotta take a rest. I’ll catchContinue reading “Vincent and Lily (part of a story)”

The Death Munchies?

Who knows? I came across this yesterday when I was looking for another story draft to finish. It made me laugh. “I’ve got the death munchies,” I said to an abandoned sea shell. The world turned and turned for no good reason other than it had always turned and didn’t see any point in changingContinue reading “The Death Munchies?”

Something deep and troubling had occurred…(story draft)

I began writing this story in 2008, and I’m surprised I’m still able to connect to the characters and their voices. I didn’t think they had anything else to say. For now, I’ll call this story complete. It never had a title, and I can’t come up with one now. So it goes.   SomethingContinue reading “Something deep and troubling had occurred…(story draft)”

To Finish or Not to Finish….

That is the proverbial question. I have so many stories I’ve started and never finished that it’s become par for the course. If I have a good start–characters I care about, dialogue that flows well, a decent plot–it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll move onto something else. Part of the reason is my ADD (undiagnosed,Continue reading “To Finish or Not to Finish….”

Have You Ever Been to the Grave? (freewriting)

I’ve been on a creative writing break for about two months now. I didn’t plan to take a break, but I’m glad I did. Doing so frees up my creativity so I can write more music…it turns out I have a hard time spending energy on both pursuits. I’m sure the pendulum will swing theContinue reading “Have You Ever Been to the Grave? (freewriting)”

Things That Happened Since You Left

A lot of my writing deals with the difficulty of authentically communicating with another person. Even as I type these words, they fall short of conveying what I wish to convey, and so the problem is compounded. On a related note, I believe I would make a terrible interview subject. I can imagine it goingContinue reading “Things That Happened Since You Left”

Glinda and Charley (a scene)

I’ve given up trying to write traditional stories (at least, for now). Instead, I’m just letting the words do what they want. In this case, the words made me say, “What the hell?” Incidentally, the picture has nothing to do with the story. I just typed “weird” in the Flickr Creative Commons search bar andContinue reading “Glinda and Charley (a scene)”

The Girl and the Wolf (fable fragment)

A yellow basket for your smile isn’t too much to ask, said the wolf. The girl checked her blade. Sharp as ever, thanks to her grizzled grandmother. She considered the basket. It was a far site better than the one she swung back and forth. The wolf held the yellow basket in his teeth. SmileContinue reading “The Girl and the Wolf (fable fragment)”

Minister Hot Tea Denies a Bird a Proper Burial (surreal fiction)

This oddness poured out a few days ago. Enjoy? Minister Hot Tea Denies a Bird a Proper Burial “I give not a fig for how the bird died,” said Minister Hot Tea, “nor do I wish him to be buried on this sacred ground. A pauper’s grave for the bird, now see to it.” MinisterContinue reading “Minister Hot Tea Denies a Bird a Proper Burial (surreal fiction)”

Time to Read

One of the benefits of being a teacher is having summer break, and even though I have both my children home with me, I have more time to read than I do during the school year. After teaching all day, making supper, dealing with baths and breaking up fights, my wife and I make aContinue reading “Time to Read”