Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

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Monday, January 15, 2024

WALTZING, cont'd

When he got to her room, Maisie was still, silent. He’d been making a stupid phone call as she died! No kiss, no farewell. Jake collapsed in the chair. He barely noticed there was someone else in the room, a guy in a suit. He wasn’t aware of tears flowing down his face, wetting his beard. As the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

WALTZING, cont'd

“Regular grand slam, just like Denny’s,” she said. “Gotcha.” As she turned toward the kitchen, Jake glanced out the window. He almost jumped off his stool. There was the tan Suburban! One suit was working the pump, the other was headed inside. -more- How the hell did they find me? Before he could... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

WALTZING, cont'd

“Do you know the Adamses? I’d swear this is where they lived when I was a kid.” He tried his most appealing grin. She continued to glare, but folded her arms, holding the broom a bit less like a weapon. “I been living here the last twenty blessed years, and I ain’t never laid eyes on you before, nor... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 12, 2024

After he checked into a motel in Topeka on his way to Seattle, he grabbed a bite, and as he returned to his room, saw two guys in suits enter his room. From the Motel office, where he found the clerk unconscious on the floor, He forgot about making a 911 call, stuck his head out the door... Things... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Chapter 3 - Topeka (from "Waltzing With Zombies)

Jake Campbell was an unknown quantity to Jasmine and she was curious. When professor Stallings assigned them as writing partners, she discreetly looked him over, pleased for an excuse to get to know him. It wasn't just his strong masculine features, deep-set eyes, or that hint of shadow along the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024


One way to tell a story is to start at the beginning and go step-by-step from there as things happen. Each character gets a solid introduction so the reader is always clued in as to who are the good guys and who is the villain. The ending always comes with the dirty rotten scoundrels getting their... Sign in to see full entry.


"The average guy is a zombie, sleepwalking through life, totally unprepared to fend for himself in a crisis." Derek King, (CEO of The Alliance ) The above is from the cover blurb of a novel I self-published in 2009. It began as my 2007 entry in Cris Baty's "National Novel Writing Month" exercise -... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Another Original Limerick

There was a young tailor from Weems who stitched the most beautiful seams. Then a beautiful girl set his heart all a-whirl and he spent all his time in love dreams. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 7, 2024


The summer before I turned 16, Mom sent me to stay with my Aunt Ella. I wanted to go - in fact I wanted to be anywhere but Salkum, where mom was on my back 24-7. Aunt Ella was my favorite auntie, perhaps my favorite person in the whole wide world. And she said she could get me a job at the Pollyanna... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 6, 2024


I've had a particular thing on my mind for the past couple of days. I tried to post about it an hour or so ago, got all the jots and tittles done. And then I thought again about what people doing a cold read would think of it. Zap! Tried again, from a different angle. Deleted a couple of extreme... Sign in to see full entry.

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