A beach holiday

Saturday dawned cool, but sunny. It was Dec. 1, I finished with NaNoWriMo (and successfully, thankyouverymuch!) and since I had missed my photo hike last weekend, I got an early start this weekend. My goal was to attempt a sort of Christmas shot. The beaches around here truly are snow-white. It's similar not only in [...]

Winner, neeneer neeneer

Thirty days typing 50,000 words written Time for a long nap I had every intention of finishing this quest Thursday night. With less than 1,000 words to go, I fell asleep on the couch, only to wake up at 12:07 Friday morning. So much for "best laid plans." I gave in to my exhaustion and [...]

Out going mail

Pauley felt like shooting her. Vivian could be so incredibly exasperating. “Viv, just do what you do, and I’ll do what I do,” Pauley checked the holster on her hip. “I’ll stay in the back and wait, you go out front, business as usual.” Vivian handed Pauley her empty coffee cup and turned away with [...]


Climbing the rostrum, the maestro raps his baton on his music stand to focus the performers attention on him. Raising his arms, he cues the orchestra. The opening notes, an unrelenting rhythm, drums upon the seaboard. Your heart marches to the percussionist's beat. With a trembling hand, the conductor brings in the mournful hum of [...]

Greek chorus

When I go for walks in the morning, I'm out for at least an hour. During that time my mind is a constant whirl. I run through what I need to do for the day, I think about writing projects I have in drafts or need to begin, or I carry on full-blown conversations with [...]

Buoyancy of life

“There wasn't some family willing to do this?” Beverly came with me to inventory Capt. Roth’s house. “He had a daughter, but she hadn’t talked to him in years, and she didn’t want anything to do with all of this.” I stifled a sneeze. The dust we were raising was killing my nose. A retired [...]