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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. ...


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 07, 2019

Vienna Waits for You in General

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 07, 2019

Vienna Waits for You in General

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. in General

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 in General

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 in General

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. in General

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 in General

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 in General

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 in General

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 in General

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 in General

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...


I suppose it is this time each year. The air conditioners are out of the windows. In the absence of white noise Mister Tinnitus, which the VA denies, starts whispering. I don’t know what he is...


September 28, 2019

Celaena in General

Right in front of me the whole time. For years I have tried to see her. I knew she was Spanish. I knew she was fierce. I knew she was beautiful. But because the character was a composite, as a...


September 28, 2019

Roads to Moscow in General

I’m in a weird headspace. I’m in a graduate level writing class, so I am paying a lot of attention to the way words are put together. Al Stewart’s “Roads to Moscow” is genius. Two broken Tiger...


September 28, 2019

The Mercy of the Fallen in General

The problem with arbitrary deadlines is that the universe really doesn’t give a fuck. Yesterday I went up to ‘Salem’s Lot and had a burger with my sister and the folks. Sister is on a plane to ...


September 27, 2019

The writing Screen in General

Sometimes I don’t like the way my computer doesn’t seem to know when I am doing school work or when I am needing to talk. Tonight the Word screen pops on the left. The academic. It should have o...


September 26, 2019

Sitting Shiva in General

I’m not Jewish. But I think two weeks is long enough for me to stack my shit back up and start stopping. Around this time two weeks ago one of the best friends I have ever had killed herself. W...


September 19, 2019

Freewrite 9 19 19 in General

Freewrite 9 19 19 That’s a lot of nines. Microsoft word frustrates me. Try as I may try as I might it randomly picks a font. Military standard and scholastic standard is Times New Roman 12 Point...


September 18, 2019

Freewrite 9 18 19 in General

I am supposed to be freewriting 2-3 hours a day. I haven’t gotten anywhere close to that. Every time everything seems alright I remember and the wind comes out of my sails. My very last interact...


September 15, 2019

Sunday in General

I cant believe you aren’t right there at the other end of the text stream. I waited this morning, watching the Sunday Morning News Shows, for your name and number to ghost up on the upper right c...


September 13, 2019

Heartbroken in General

I am heartbroken and numb. Goddamn it Sandy.


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