In 2002, I participated in National Novel Writing Month. It wasn’t the first November given over to the frenzied pursuit of 50,000 words, but it was early days, before it was quite the cultural phenomenon it eventually became. From what I can remember, I started out with a bare idea, and I just wrote and […]


Let’s call this fair warning: it’s not quite “fourshadowing” because there’s a little bit more than four days left in October. Still, I wanted to wake up my too-dormant blog to say: I will be posting every day in November. Or I’ll be trying my damnedest at any rate. A long time ago I participated […]

“Milo says you can unbuckle now.”

December’s almost over with, 2011 is on its way out the door, and I haven’t managed to put fingers to keyboard to post in nearly a month. There are so many things I could talk about at this time of year. And so much that’s gone on in 2011! Things I’ve learned, things that I’m […]

Project: Rejection

The collection is starting. A little over a month ago, I received word that a story I wrote was not accepted for publication in an upcoming anthology. Then just the other week, I learned that a story I submitted for a local short fiction contest did not win or place for a prize. Two different […]


Friends, forgive my absence. I had a really weird April. It’s probably a good indication how weird April was that I am just now getting around to mentioning it, now that we have reached the second week of May. Between the loss of one sweet kitty and the adoption of another (I know I haven’t […]

Story: part two of probably at least a few.

It turns out this past weekend was hugely centered around stories and storytelling, so it’s no wonder that it’s been on my mind lately. Saturday I spent the day telling a story with my friends, one we were creating together. On Friday night, I spent time listening to (and participating in) older stories, ones that […]

On Story: part one of several.

This weekend I did something I haven’t done in a long time – I participated in a table-top role-playing game. More than that, I did something I’d never done before – I was the Game Master, the one in charge of the whole shebang. In years past, I’d been one of a team of Storytellers […]


This morning as I drove to work, I had to go around a traffic circle. Most mornings, in fact, I go around this same traffic circle, which means I get lots of opportunities to watch people mess up basic traffic circle functions. This traffic circle is near a police station so sometimes the police perform […]

Use your words

Last Wednesday I went out to lunch with two friends from the office, because we were all fired up to talk about the previous night’s episode of Lost. While in the restaurant we got into a convoluted, labyrinthine conversation that also sucked in our Lost-watching waiter, because that’s how you talk about that show. It’s […]

Let it go, kid.

Sunday night was a big night. I got home from Mom’s before it even fell dark, and it seemed I could do more than my usual weekly ritual of cleaning the apartment. There are still unpacked things in my bedroom and office, things that can be more neatly sorted and organized. I spied that one […]