WE SUFFER MORE IN THE IMAGINATION THAN WE DO IN REALITY ... Continue Reading →
Journaling my mind
I found it. As I have been writing these posts it has become important to confirm facts and dates. If the writing of Tripio, as recounted in this blog, is going to help even one person find their own voice and thus create their own unique work, then I have to check the facts. In... Continue Reading →
What is a tripio?
A troubling thing has been happening since I published my historical fiction novel, Tripio. I have been getting asked quite a bit the question: “What is a tripio?” This question was first asked me at a class on memoir writing at the Indiana Writers Center. No one in the class with me knew what... Continue Reading →
Writing about reading to write
The fault lies not with the mob, who demands nonsense, but with those who do not know how to produce anything else I have picked out Don Quixote as the centerpiece for my summer reading. I have been constructing my own summer reading program for years now. My recent life has permitted time to design... Continue Reading →
Are you mad at Starbucks?
A reasonable question “Are you mad at Starbucks?” My editor asked me over the phone. He had just finished reading an excerpt from Tripio. I had sent him an excerpt from in middle of Tripio. He offered that it had been his experience in editing that writers most often refined the beginnings and ends of... Continue Reading →
10 thoughts to think over or leave-ins for the mind
Below are entries from older journals, or as I call them, Sketchbooks of the MInd. They say that a keeping a journal is for the one writing in it. That is true. But whoever said that was not in the need of easy access content for a blog. A joke. These were for me at... Continue Reading →
Resisting the New Year-Again!
New Year's Day at six in the morning. No, this isn't one of those posts written to celebrate and commemorate. One of those posts that looks ahead, looks back. One that includes a top ten list, the best of, the worst of this or that. This then, is actually a repost from this day one... Continue Reading →
Back at Back outta the World
“I’m sittin’ in first class and they can all kiss my ass, ‘cuase I’m goin’ back baby, back outta world.” Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band - Back Out Of The World - 1987 album - Amerasia Jay, Rick and T heading back outta the world In Tripio, Jay is writing his first novel.... Continue Reading →
Why am I doing this?
Always open for business I feel like I’ve hit a wall. Not creatively. That doesn’t really happen to me. As I say repeatedly, I do most of my writing away from this keyboard. In fact, I have spent the last two days “writing" the next story for my Altonstreet & Philpatrick series. These stories... Continue Reading →
Raise your hand
"Just as a piece of land has to be prepared beforehand if it is to nourish the seed, so the mind of the pupil has to be prepared..." I was on my front porch drinking coffee, vibing to the start of the weekend and reading "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg when I came... Continue Reading →