Category Archives: Essay

A True Halloween Creeper Story

There was a challenge today in one of the writing groups to write 1000 word flash fiction Halloween story. This is a true story. It happened a few years ago. (It was written in an hour – so it’s not … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Stay Poor

Someone said to me the other day, “the only thing my parents taught me was how to be poor.” Many of our parents are unaware of life outside of their socioeconomic class; they may have ideas about how to help … Continue reading

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Existential Crisis or not?

After the farmer’s market, some mornings, I drive around, usually down Ventura Blvd. It’s been conducive to considering life, writing. I find that I usually stop somewhere for a coffee and write. Even though I’m widely published in literary journals … Continue reading

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October

Is one of my favorite months! We have Halloween. Libras. And, this year, the 168th anniversary of Poe’s death. This is not necessarily a good reason to like October, but it is part of what makes October so memorable. So… … Continue reading

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What Do Published Authors Know?

Recently, I read a mini article posted on a blog of sorts, wherein the writer called out Stephen King’s book On Writing, concluding that “famous writers don’t know Jack.” WOW! Really?   I was shocked and offended. And I assume … Continue reading

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Why Literature Matters …..

  This is a repost of an article that appeared in the New York Times in 1985.¬† In 1965 Congress passed The National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act to protect and support the arts.¬† A nation is historicized¬† … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Writing Style

A prompt in a writing group to think about style inspired me to consider the evolution of my own writing style. Writing evolves, grows, hopefully gets better, with all we learn and experience in life.¬† But style is something a … Continue reading

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