Race in America…why do we believe?

The New York Times does a running series entitled, How race is lived in the United States. https://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/race/ I have a different question.  Why is race lived in the United States? Are there races of people? If no, then why do we continue to live under a system that tells us there is? When did …read more

Love is love is love is love is love.

A sonnet written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the broadway show Hamilton. My wife’s the reason anything gets done. She nudges me towards promise by degrees She is a perfect symphony of one, Our son is her most beautiful reprise We chase the melodies that seem to find us Until they’re finished songs and …read more

Desiderata

I had a different post in mind this morning, but after listening to the news and I needed a reminder, so I posted this poem instead.   Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all …read more

Do Overs Chapter Two

TWO “Who are you and where is my brother?” Summer said, meeting his gaze now. “Not this mean man . . . person, but my real one, the nice guy you used to be.” She stared into his eyes like she was seriously searching for something. “Is this how it’s going to . . . …read more

More Thoughts on Writing

Below is another excerpt that is-was helpful to me. It’s a reminder to do me.  It’s taken from The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, Insider Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writers, by Karl Iglesias. It’s divided into six parts, Passions, Creativity, Discipline, Storycraft, Marketing, The Four Ps. The section below is taken from Part 1, …read more

Thoughts On Writing

Found this piece written by Richard Ridley, an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor. This is not the entire piece, just the part that resonated with me. “No on will read your books. That’s what you should tell yourself every time you sit down to write. I don’t think that’s true. In fact, I have …read more

Choices

I love the ease and simplicity of creating covers with Rebecca Swift, http://www.rebeccaswiftartwork.com Actually it’s she that does the creating, I just send her an email with a synopsis of the story and she takes it from there. What you see below is an example of what I receive from her in return. Two choices that I usually like …read more

All Hail the Plain Jane’s

I received an email a few months ago, from a fan, I guess, wanting to know why I didn’t write my heroines as beautiful. Why were the women in my stories written as plain? Why…Why…why? What did I have against beautiful African American women? Well first off, I didn’t realize that all the women in …read more

My Mother

My mother, Linda Marie, has spent the last six years battling cancer. Started out as breast cancer, then moved on to her lungs, and eventually it was everywhere. Six week ago, she ended up in the hospital, after a fall, and we were given the devastating news that she would be placed under hospice care …read more

On Marriage

This is the closing paragraph of Supreme Justice Anthony Kennedy, gay marriage’s ruling. I think it is an excellent statement on what marriage is. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they …read more