Writing pure fiction is impossible. I have to write what I know, what I feel, and it has to be based my experiences. The Seed story was inspired by my son's language arts required reading. Though the story never happened, I unintentioanlly felt a compelling need to use the first person voice and develop my character based on my culture and life values. When I blog, I have tried to hide certain characteristics of my personality in order to help or protect others. This being an anonymous blog, I feel a little freer in my word or topic choices....more
We have all experienced it. Our fingers fly across the keyboard, pounding out letters we string together into words we attach to each other, all creating an expression, opinion, declaration, we would hesitate to share in person. I call it Courage by Keyboard....more
Part of the joy of Halloween is seeing the costumes that parade by your front door when you pass out candy. Just as we've perfected the virtual party via Twitter, there's no reason why we can't use a blog post to march up to each other's figurative door and show off our costume. After all, this is social media. So consider this open thread one big Halloween party with B.Y.O.A.B. (bring your own apple bobbing).
Long ago, on a street not far away, I had a job. I won't say where, but I will say that there was never a shortage of cola products on hand; and if you were ever caught smuggling in another guys brand, there was a good chance you'd be escorted out of the building with a six-pack of nothing....more
I’m pretty new to the blogging world, but I have absolutely fallen in love with my blog and writing. I love sitting at my computer to crank out a post as much as I love brainstorming about new ideas; and I *love* talking about my blog. It’s a little obsessive, but it gives me a creative outlet in a (mostly) non-creative life. It’s liberating. And it gives me joy.I will not apologize for anything that brings me joy....more
You have probably heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), that thing which gets people to sign up to write a novel in November, right? Well, I'm not doing that this year. I will say that I thought about it for at least an hour all told, which is about 55 minutes more consideration I've given it in years past, but no.
There is nothing better than getting the attention you deserve on the Internet. The best way of doing this is by writing a blog post that goes viral. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, “viral” means that everyone in the history of the world reads your writing but you still eat a can of reheated chicken noodle soup alone for dinner.
As someone who has never written anything that has reached an audience that exceeds the maximum capacity of a Denny’s, I am the perfect person to tell you how to compose and handle the thrill of viral blogging....more
This morning I am mad. Really mad. I am mad because I am hurt.You see, my son is a high school sophomore. He is an active member of his school. He has spoken at local Board of Supervisor and Board of Education meetings regarding issues near to his heart. He plays in the marching band (he's the best one out there if you ask me or his dad!) He swims on a summer swim team. He volunteers at a local middle school band camp during the summer. He volunteered out of state at a food allergy camp last summer, giving up a week of his personal time to show these children a great, safe time!...more