What is more fun than playing with a cat with a laser pointer? Playing with a toddler with a laser pointer.
So, it is raining here in Indianapolis and there is the sounds of a dishwasher next to me. Concealed behind the thin wall to my right, there runs a drainage pipe that goes from the roof of the building down to God knows where. You know that thing about bladder and running water? Yeah, that... Continue Reading →
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
I do wonder if this is something I need to consider given how my kids are are adopted. The ironic part about being an adoptee is that the first and final steps of our lives are the same. Just as we must accept being adopted in the first place, we must also accept ourselves for... Continue Reading →
Mara and Owen walked up to the porch of the old rectangular manufactured house with a sagging roof and once pristine siding that was long rendered a dull gray after years of neglect. The house sat off the side of a busy highway and there was no safe place to park. Mara climbed the unsteady metal porch and knocked on the door. A voice from inside called to them, acknowledging their presence and asked for them to wait a moment.
Pete wore a black formal suit and peered through the window in his father’s office. He was surprised when his father pulled him from the viewing room and escorted into the office and was greeted with a State Trooper and a detective. This was not a good day to have been questioned by the police. Ms. Schmidt, his second-grade teacher, was being shown and his father needed him to greet the downturned faces of her friends and family members as they came to give their last respects.
On its most basic level, the setting of your story is simply the location at which your story takes place, like a set to a stage show. This includes the location, the immediate surroundings, the weather and the time. But quite often, the setting is much more than just the ‘where and when’ of your... Continue Reading →
Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book. A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict, and drives... Continue Reading →