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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

-Viktor E. Frankl

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August 06, 2019

Trip Around the Sun in General

Trip Around the Sun Holy shit Martina has beautiful eyes! I started the day doing what I do this time of year. Watered the plants. Wondered when I should mow the lawn. I have a comfortable rh...


August 04, 2019

Slide in General

Twenty years ago I was in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Somewhere between Sandog and Hawaii. The early summer I had spent the weekends in the BOQ at the Amphib base on North Island. No wa...


August 04, 2019

Slide in General

Twenty years ago I was in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Somewhere between Sandog and Hawaii. The early summer I had spent the weekends in the BOQ at the Amphib base on North Island. No wa...


My task here and now is to describe the author’s use of craft elements. My paired novels are Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The most obvious craft of the two nov...


July 15, 2019

Boner Pills in General

I was driving home from the beach yesterday afternoon, listening to the radio. During the commercial break the DJ decided to go off script on one of the male enhancement products he was shilling...


June 28, 2019

Snake in General

Strangest thing about memories. In 1997 I was working in the Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell (EWCC) at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Dal Molin, Vicenza Italy during the Bosni...


June 23, 2019

Caretaker 4 Redux in General

I got feedback from my class on Caretaker 4. Some minor critiques on language and awkwardness. Nothing I wasn’t expecting. I pounded that story out in a few hours and only edited it once. Wha...


June 20, 2019

Louder Than Ever in General

Louder Than Ever You were there in the front seat Windows down, we were burnin’ It was just like a movie scene Those dashboard lights and your pale blue eyes Cutting through me… It is cool, fogg...


June 17, 2019

100 Years _ in General

I’m fifteen for a moment Caught in between ten and twenty And I’m just dreaming Counting the ways to where you are At fifteen I was in love, or rather a fifteen version of infatuation. Cathy. ...


June 08, 2019

Caretaker IV in The Fiction

This was the writing sample that got me into the MFA program. God help us all. Caretaker IV I Celia, I came out of cryosleep today. It was a lot uglier than I had been led to believe while in t...


May 31, 2019

Late in General

Late The air is fragrant here in mid coast Maine this time of year. I’d like to say it reminds me of my childhood, but the hiccupy way my life worked out I was barely here. Born here. Likely t...


May 22, 2019

Boots Boots Boots in General

Boots Boots Boots Interesting conversation on an AOCS group regarding SERE school. We were given strict orders that we were never to talk about anything that happened there. In hindsight it was...


May 18, 2019

Dante’s Prayer in General

Friday I was awake at 230am. By 300am I was out of bed. Ungraceful, tumbling thoughts bounced around in my brain. They went all the way from the beginning until the end. But the middle, oh t...


May 04, 2019

No Title in General

It isn’t a surprise to me but I was accepted into the MFA program. I grunted out an eight page short story as a writing sample. The primary reason I would even apply is I am being mercenary. ...


April 30, 2019

Days Are Numbers in General

I first heard this song about the time I turned 20. I had been on my own since 17. And I never seemed to stop moving. Every time I went home I was turning around and leaving. I’m thankful tha...


April 29, 2019

California Sun in General

Just three days and I’m missing you more than I thought I would i missing you more than I like to say I’m hanging on a hope swinging from a rope It’s all a shame My biggest mistake was letting y...


April 28, 2019

The Age of Adeline in General

The Age of Adeline I just watched that movie again. It breaks my heart every time. I don’t know why Hollywood is trying so hard to make it go away, for a five year old movie it should be all ov...


April 23, 2019

Fog in General

It is only when I am in the quiet I realize how noisy is my soul. I have a YouTube playlist that is all Celtic New Age stuff. I can feel my breathing start to synchronize with the in and out of t...


April 21, 2019

Pray Your Gods in General

Pray your gods who ask you for your blood For they are strong and angry jealous ones Or lay upon my altar now your love I fear my time is short There are armies moving close Be quick, my love… E...


April 17, 2019

Well. in General

I edited and edited and edited until I didn’t know what else to cut out to get back to 10 pages. Both writing samples and my “personal statement” have now been submitted for review. It’s not like...


April 15, 2019

ALS in General

ALS I heard this morning that my mother’s cousin, Nikki passed away. I guess that makes her my cousin in some kind of once removed way. She was diagnosed with ALS last fall. That is an awful, ...


April 14, 2019

Wild Wild West in General

She’s so mean but I don’t care I love her eyes and her wild wild hair Dance to the beat that we love best Heading for the nineties Living in the wild wild west The first time I heard that song I...


Robots Don’t Get Homesick Starting GoT from the beginning of last season. The final season starts soon. Two freaking years it took. We have a storm heading this way. Just going to be a sloppy ...


April 05, 2019

Upstairs in General

In 1995 I was just out of the fleet. Working for the Commodore at the wing. I wrote at least a dozen instructions in that two years, between the Bosnia conflict and 7 months in Italy. It always...


April 04, 2019

Celaena in General

I was going through my files, trying to find something to submit as an example of my writing. I will confess. I don’t think this sucks. In most things in life you don’t really have a choice. A...


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