Just Another Manic Monday

If you stop and think about it, it will make you sick. All the talk surrounding Robin Williams and the topic of art, acting, music, and manic behavior over the last few weeks has gone to the extreme. So why add my two cents? Because I write from a place of pain, and this is […]

Collaboration

One of the greatest things you can do to improve your work is to share it with others before it is “done.” In fact, you could even allow someone else to contribute to it, or you could contribute to theirs. Even when the writing is done, and the dreaded edits have been completed, you could […]

Time Off

I’m a hard worker. I’m not bragging, more confessing. I am a workaholic. I’d go to meetings to try to find a cure, but who has time for that, right? Then this last weekend I took off to Garibaldi, Oregon to share a booth with a friend and fellow author at their sole annual festival, […]

Guilty

  A poem that encapsulates the Samuel Elijah Johnson series.  You can see a video version here. Enjoy! The audio version is below. Trapped. Stained glass, iron bars. Wooden pews and metal cots. Hymnals with cardboard covers and leather clad Gideon Bibles. Words freed from both, one with sweet voices, one with shouts of fury […]

The Muse is Free

You put someone in a box long enough, without light, food, or water soon they embrace darkness, and it becomes part of them. But that’s not what I did. A part of me revealed itself, and I let it play in the sunshine, let it run around in the light, smell the air, laugh and […]

Show Me a Story

We all love storytellers. My grandfather was one, and a good one. How do you tell a good story from a bad one? One thing makes the difference for me, and I bet it is for you too. My 11 year old is a story teller too, but he has yet to perfect the craft. […]