Not Dying Was Easy–Surviving Was the Hard Part

**On December 26, 2003, I was involved in a serious car accident which caused several significant injuries. While the accident was terrible, and while my recovery was long and difficult, the events of that night ultimately changed my life for the better. This is a version of the story that I wrote for my Creative … Continue reading Not Dying Was Easy–Surviving Was the Hard Part

The Lull

There's something very anti-climactic and almost sad about the end of a course--especially a short summer course. I put all that time and effort into reading and thinking and writing and reading some more and thinking some more and writing some more. And, then, just like that...poof. It's over. I put the books on my … Continue reading The Lull

More New Stuff and Another Reminder

Hey, hey, hey! Guess what? I've published another piece for Parachute by MapQuest. You can find the link for it by clicking here...that will take you to my new web site. While you're there, please be sure and register for email updates from my blog. Even if you currently receive them from this blog, you … Continue reading More New Stuff and Another Reminder

Sometimes We Must Be Forced to Follow Our Dreams (I Am a Writer, Part I)

I started writing stories when I was 10 years old--probably before that, actually, but that's as early as I can remember. I did most of my growing up in a small town in East Texas where there wasn't a whole lot to do, so my sister and I learned to use our imaginations early on. … Continue reading Sometimes We Must Be Forced to Follow Our Dreams (I Am a Writer, Part I)

(Reblogged) Want to Be an Amazing Writer? Read Like One from Copyblogger.com

I've recently begun my foray into the world of freelance writing. To say I'm a newbie is a dramatic understatement. But, I have published one article on Parachute by Mapquest and am working on my second assignment for them. Slowly. . .slowly, but surely. . .things are happening. I've started following and reading the work of … Continue reading (Reblogged) Want to Be an Amazing Writer? Read Like One from Copyblogger.com

The Pilgrim Rose: Thoughts on an Emily Dickinson Poem

My familiarity with Dickinson's work was, at best, limited.  I'd always had the impression that she was, in my own words, a tortured recluse. She was reclusive to be sure; but tortured--I'm beginning to wonder, and this poem is a prime example of the reason why.       --- Nobody knows this little Rose - … Continue reading The Pilgrim Rose: Thoughts on an Emily Dickinson Poem