Category: Non-Fiction

Bucket Dipper #parenting #storytelling

My son, who turns six in May, didn’t want to keep working on his dictation assignment for kindergarten. The task called for me to read a short sentence, which he would then write on the paper. He’d had a decent day at school – even completed his in-class work – but it was late afternoon…


Telecommuter’s Lament #amwriting #storytelling #struggles

Working at home works great for work. Not so much for creativity. About a year ago, my supervisor asked if I wouldn’t mind giving up my cubicle on the fourth floor of an office park building about 30 minutes from home. I didn’t put up any kind of fight. I packed my laptop and an…


Finding magic in a bookstore window

The first I heard about Harlan Ellison was from my Dad when he gave me a used copy of Dangerous Visions from Jerry Cooper’s First Amendment bookstore near the drive-in off Highway 50 in Union Park. I was a teenager at the time and a Star Trek fanatic, but didn’t yet realize that Ellison authored…


True confessions: The audacity of wanting something out of all this

Seventeen years ago, I got this idea to help raise awareness about OtherSpace – and to create a sort of keepsake for participants who helped shape the first few story arcs with their characters. View post on imgur.com And in the years since, this has been what some angry people point to as proof that…