On Writing

Inspiration: Mining Subjects Close to My Heart

I grew up trout fishing. But I will never be able to capture the river like Norman Maclean. I once toiled as an innkeeper. But my experiences were nothing like described by John Irving. Inspiration Comes From Experience I am a product of the American West and my inspiration comes from those people. I take inspiration from their stories and those subjects are close to my heart. When Tom Booker stopped at a remote four-corners somewhere between Nevada and…

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Poetry

Limericks for my Leprechauns

My mother’s family was from Ireland. Although I think she would have a cringed a bit at these limericks. Isn’t a Limerick supposed to be bad?     Limericks For My Girl From Texas There once was a girl from Texas Who often spoke fondly of her exes, Tall ones and short ones Cowboys and oil barons Too bad they can’t all buy her a Lexus. ## Mule Days I spied an old mule in a…

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On Writing

Fragments of My Mind: The Muse Dilemma

So here I sit with the fragments of four great ideas and as a result four unfinished projects. At this point, I see them taunting me. “Come on. Finish me. I dare ya.” Honestly, one only needs a rewrite. Only needs a rewrite. Like that is something I want to do. Coming up with the idea was one thing. Actually having to get down and dirty for the rewrite is a whole other matter. Another…

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On Writing

After My Stroke: A Year of Possibilities

Author’s Note: After my stroke in July 2015 I had to think about how I would proceed. This project started out as a way for me to focus on writing. The year took a different turn for me. I spent two months relearning how to walk, talk, and type. A had a stroke at the age of 51. It became a rebirth. After My Stroke: A Year of Possibilities A year ago I started this experiment…

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