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3 hours ago

Dante's Prayer

Repost For the first time in three day I am not wearing a hat. Inside my apartment. This is getting ridiculous. I have known cold. I grew up on northern tier bomber bases. Places that don’t ...


In the process of producing a publishable artifact, my biggest challenge is in actually following through and finishing at least a first draft of one of my works in progress. My problem remains t...


In the process of producing a publishable artifact, my biggest challenge is in actually following through and finishing at least a first draft of one of my works in progress. My problem remains t...


3 days ago

Think

I listen to this when I am doing schoolwork. Or writing. It is both relaxing and horrifying. It was what I was listening to when Laura called and told me about Sandy. It was a crazy warm Sept...


3 days ago

Think

I listen to this when I am doing schoolwork. Or writing. It is both relaxing and horrifying. It was what I was listening to when Laura called and told me about Sandy. It was a crazy warm Sept...


December 05, 2019

Red Storm Rising

Tom Clancy, an insurance salesman, wrote and sold Red Storm Rising in 1986. With absolutely no experience in the military, intelligence, government, or international politics. How in the hell di...


November 29, 2019

Stone in Love

Thanksgiving went off without a hitch. I completely nailed the garlic mashed potatoes which were a big hit. I peeled the potatoes the night before and let them soak overnight. I think that le...


November 28, 2019

Sparks Flying in the Dark

Garlic mashed locked and loaded. Checked in with Mireya’s house, and she is indeed up and will be ready for pickup for the trip up to ‘Salem’s Lot. Talked to Mom, and the guests are bringing a ...


November 26, 2019

Epistolary

The worst part of my day is the going to bed part, which is antithetical from the rest of most of my days. This is an unpleasant part of the year, where the sun creeps around the horizon and the...


November 23, 2019

Blood Meridian

I am still so pissed I am spitting snakes. After writing for three hours, microdick decides my version of Word 2007 is ‘Retired.” And refuses me access to a document I had been working on for th...


November 19, 2019

Slow Down, You Crazy Child…

Slow Down, You Crazy Child… Motoring through the fog, somewhere in western Pennsylvania or maybe West Virginia Vienna came on the radio. I was listening to the Billy Joel channel on Sirius XM. ...


November 19, 2019

Slow Down, You Crazy Child…

Slow Down, You Crazy Child… Motoring through the fog, somewhere in western Pennsylvania or maybe West Virginia Vienna came on the radio. I was listening to the Billy Joel channel on Sirius XM. ...


November 08, 2019

Vienna Waits for You

My trip to Pittsburg, then to Texas was somewhat delayed by that annoying Nor’Easter. I launched at 3am only to find I couldn’t even see road, let alone the end of the hood of my car. I was cre...


November 08, 2019

Vienna Waits for You

My trip to Pittsburg, then to Texas was somewhat delayed by that annoying Nor’Easter. I launched at 3am only to find I couldn’t even see road, let alone the end of the hood of my car. I was cre...


October 16, 2019

Done.

I finished all of my course work and am technically done, but I will check in a few time from the road. Assuming wifi is available in Best Western. Bud in Pittsburg knows my schedule. Mancub kn...


October 16, 2019

Call Sign Cletus

I got that call sign as I joined VAQ-131 to support OSW. Through message traffic, squadrons see who is coming into the squadron and they post a list in the ready room of ridiculous call signs. ...


October 14, 2019

A Few

I have a few minutes. I need to head over to my PCP to get some Hep shots, and maybe a flu shot. I’m going in gym clothes. Because then all I have to do is strip off my hoodie and then they can...


October 13, 2019

I know.

I know the last entry was myopic and selfish. That is the nature of diaries isn’t it? We go to our diaries to stare at our belly buttons and feel sorry for ourselves. I deserve better than that,...


October 13, 2019

How Long Will I Love You

Last February I thought I was dead. I started writing letters only to break down crying. I never got through one. I didn’t even get through a rewrite of my will. You can’t kill me until I giv...


October 13, 2019

Peace of Mind

Frank FM 106.5 was playing back to back, uninterrupted Boston on my way back from breakfast this morning. Hollyann to Something About You to Rock and Roll Band to Peace of Mind as I turned into ...


October 12, 2019

Once

You come down the stairs, unsteady in those heels. Your long blonde hair falling over your shoulder. Your Swedish blue eyes sparkling as you comment about how you have forgotten how hard walkin...


I’m on the hook for a story, or a part story, of a thousand words by tomorrow at midnight. The Genre is “Contemporary Fiction” which is just another umbrella term like “Speculative Fiction.” Mea...


My friend Gary, one of my high school friends I have breakfast with nearly every Sunday morning. His dad is dying. Not expected to make it through the week. He’s 94, and a Navy Vet. The Pacifi...


September 29, 2019

Lila

Not great, but it doesn’t completely suck. One of my many attempts at fiction - Lila 6/27/2012 I looked to the port and saw our three mosquito craft astern and slightly trailing. Over the wirele...


September 29, 2019

Lila

Not great, but it doesn’t completely suck. One of my many attempts at fiction - Lila 6/27/2012 I looked to the port and saw our three mosquito craft astern and slightly trailing. Over the wirele...


Book Description

The random and sundry. The sacred and profane. The pleasure and the pain.

Warning: I crack myself up sometimes