Archive for Category: "The Pen"

#LetThemBe

#LetThemBe

Obviously, we all want our messages to travel far and wide. Milo Decides To Be is my message. Problem is, how do you spread a message without more messages? Need to make some messages to spread the message, so that people will want to read the message to their kids, thus ensuring the extension of […]

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Published!

Published!

They say that books are like babies. This particular baby had a gestation period of several years. I wrote the book in 2008, and then proceeded to get married, buy a house, have a (real) baby, and only then did I take the time afforded me by my paternity leave and a couple hours a […]

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Balancing Act – Bilal Dardai

Balancing Act – Bilal Dardai

  This week on Balancing Act, I’ll be talking with Bilal Dardai about his current production, The Sovereign Statement, as well as discussing the ninja-like skills it takes to be a freelancer, playwright, actor, and the father of a toddler. We’ll finish the night with a reading of some of Bilal’s short fiction, with me providing a […]

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Bug Vision

Bug Vision

  I used to wish I had bug-vision. No. Not bug-eyes, like those dragonfly lenses you could get at the Museum of Science and Industry. I mean bug-vison. When I was eight, I told my mother that I wanted to be able to see only bugs. I wanted everything in the world to disappear except […]

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Serialized

Serialized

  “Hey lady! Strong bridge!”  Short Round was way politically incorrect, but he was right about one thing. The bridge was strong, at least until Dr. Jones decided to take a machete to it.  And the Indiana Jones series has been strong enough to withstand some seriously horrible writing in the Kingdom of the Crystal […]

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Sunshine

A sigh. She puts down the pen and pushes out her chair. She holds out a hand to me, waiting. I’ve been anticipating seeing her all day, so of course I take the hand and she leads me down the hall to her bedroom. She stands in the doorway and she motions toward the floor. […]

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Titans

Titans

Simply put, I am enormous tonight. Anyone nearby would have to see it. Conspicuously huge. Understand I’m not speaking of mass, but of energy. There’s a very real sensation of touching the sides of the street as my bus careens along, scraping the awnings of shops closing for the day. The man walking his dog, […]

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Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Winter is generally the time when I hunker down in some corner of the house to bang away at a project, because it’s too cold to go outside. This winter so far, I’ve done almost none of that, because I’ve been moving our stuff downstairs and trying to put things together in our house. That, […]

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Graveyard Bits

Graveyard Bits

I did a bit of guest blogging for The Cultural Purveyor, and it’s posted today. Just a few stories involving dorkery, cemeteries, and the search for Resurrection Mary. It’s called Whistling Through the Graveyard. Here’s a taste: She called and said, “Wanna go to Hell?” “Sounds good. Bring snacks.” I said. The road to Hell had […]

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Baby Fish Mouth

Baby Fish Mouth

  “…is sweeping the nation,” yes. I know. Here’s the thing. I’ve always had a fondness for that movie. I can’t quote every line, but there are a few notables that I’ll throw out there in conversation because they’re like hand-holds of common language. Someone offers you a slice of pie and you say, “I […]

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