Life's not fair
- Gloucester, Virginia,
- December 31
- Sorry - writer's block...
BTW the "birthday" listed above is false. I prefer to keep that day private, but am not permitted to do so here, so I'm forced to lie.
MY RECENT POSTS
October 22, 2014 03:01PM
- Justice for Mr. Boogedy
October 21, 2014 04:47PM
- Tree Voices
October 19, 2014 01:36PM
- Remember Snippy the Grammar
October 18, 2014 11:40AM
- 404 (a collaboration of Cormac
McCarthy, Mel Brooks and me)
October 17, 2014 01:21PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “If so, Zanelle, she sure
as hell earned her wings.
didn't hear any
October 22, 2014 04:18PM
- “She's real, Kosh. Cast a
spell on me.”
October 22, 2014 04:15PM
- “More a wandering mind, I
October 22, 2014 03:36PM
- “Gary, I do some of my
hardest thinking while cued up
October 22, 2014 03:28PM
- “In my Halloween
nightmare two adults show up
at my door
wearing pink gowns
October 22, 2014 12:32PM
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I've seen her three times now. The first was at the doctor's office. We are waiting in a sort of haphazard line at the window where you arrange for referrals or your next appointment. She is ahead of me, and this is annoying.… Read full post »
[dedicated to Koshersalaami]
Once upon All Hallows Eve, I'd just ingested my Aleve,
Whence came a tapping at my door, a tap tap tapping,
A damnably intrusive rapping tapping, rappity tap tap tapping...and nothing more.
It was known locally as The Hanging Tree. No history to corroborate the name that Sutton knew of, but he allowed there was enough circumstantial evidence. At least one if not others of its massive reach of sturdy horizontal branches might well have held a rope or more back in… Read full post »
She's had a litter of cuppies!
How ironic, thought Thorogood, the economy's collapse coming forty days and forty nights after the Internet crashed. A quiet agnostic, he guessed this coincidence likely nothing more than that, although he kept the thought to himself. Were he able to Tweet Jane, she would have appreciated the coincid… Read full post »
When I was in high school my dad ran in the Democratic primary for a state senate seat. I was his campaign manager. We didn't have any money and I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and we got the crap kicked out of us. If we'd had… Read full post »
Going back to Easter Eve 2014 and looking ahead to the next morning, I know now I would without hesitation choose what was about to happen. Were the choice mine, I would take what happened over winning a billion dollars in lottery gold.
One reason… Read full post »
I will miss Sam McCain. He's the lawyer/detective who thinks he's Robert Ryan. Word on the street is that Riders on the Storm will be his final adventure solving murders in his Iowa hometown. If this is true I don't know what I shall do, because after accompanying him through… Read full post »
Ruth slid her ID badge twice past the scanner on the door to the pool room. When the lock failed to click open, she turned to Joan, “Try yours.”
“The green light came on. Maybe it's the lock.” Joan nonetheless slid her badge, too, with… Read full post »
A crowded United Airlines flight was canceled. A single
agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I
Trueblood and Secord were still on the Beltway when Trueblood's smart phone interrupted their reverie. It was Doris.
“C'mon back. Bart says the redhead's already talked with the wife.”
“She's got the interview on tape. Wants to play it for you.”… Read full post »
[I wrote this Friday night but the snowstorm blocked our satellite server.]
My anal retentive, passive aggressive, narcissistic, atheistic dad would get this. He always said everybody's a little nuts. It went without saying he meant except him. Haven't missed him much until this moment… Read full post »
Amazon has just released the newly revised Sacrifice, which is now available in the Kindle Bookstore for a buck. I rewrote the prologue and went thru the entire novel, smoothing out prose and reconciling story glitches -- stuff I should have caught in the first published draft… Read full post »
This is my third go at it. Powerful learning lesson for me. The first one was hackneyed, read like the late pitchman Billy Mays shouting on TV, second one was gimmicky and embarrasing -- it's still on the book's Amazon listing, but soon to be replaced by this one. Hope you… Read full post »
It was one of those incredible literary coincidences destined to reside in Wiki annals forever. GV, who on a sour whim had stretched his writing chops just once in his life to post a "customer review" on Amazon, found himself seated on a bar stool next to… Read full post »
But I sense they're still fighting to keep this place, trying to figure out how to transfer the database from the old platform to the new. As long as there's hope I'll keep coming back.
I pledged to stay away until Dec. 19, which is Wednesday, so I'm breaking my pledge… Read full post »
Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community; Open Salon is only a platform. We believe the OS platform has become… Read full post »
I saw surprise distort Albert's face when he appeared in the doorway that separated his office from what he called “the big office”. He was holding the morning mail pouch, which he ordinarily carries to my working office across the oval room where I sit now.… Read full post »
I awoke this morning with an old, old song in my head. It was one I hadn't heard or thought of since I was a child. My parents loved to sing it together on our frequent drives in the car, our favorite family recreation. Their singing of it… Read full post »
Do not go raging into that bleak night,
Old age should know frustration's not the way;
Float, float when all about you's losing light.
Wise men at their end know it be quite
Demeaning to our dignity to bray,
Do not embarrass others with… Read full post »
Any literary agent worth the title who read no further than the opening lines of Tom Cordle's manuscript, shook his or her head and said “nah,” should be stripped of his or her credentials and sent packing to find more suitable employment as, say, a grocery bagger or Wal-Mart greet… Read full post »
A documentary video, Finding Paddy, has just been released commemorating New York City's most celebrated firefighter.
Capt. Patrick Brown died along with eleven of his men when the World Trade Center's North Tower crumbled into a pile of fiery rubble on the morning of Sept. 11,… Read full post »
I made up the story that became my latest novel, Sacrifice, episode by episode. It worked pretty much the same way I used to string a serial story along for my daughter at bedtime when she was six or seven. Kept the same characters in play, maybe adding a new… Read full post »
I know what a half virgin is. The question had been nagging since I first saw the title of John Blumenthal's new novel Three and a Half Virgins. It nagged me all the way through the book until I finished it last night, and now I… Read full post »
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