11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day

11 reasons Halloween is better than Valentine's Day
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Although I don’t hate Valentine’s Day as much as some people do, I’ve never found it to be that much fun. There are a lot of other holidays that I enjoy a lot more, most notably Halloween. Here are a 11 reasons why Halloween is better than Valentine’s Day: You don’t... Read more »

Writer's block versus writer's ennui

Writer's block versus writer's ennui
I haven’t been writing much lately. I don’t have writer’s block. I don’t. I have plenty of ideas for things to write: blog posts, plays, stories, and even a couple of books. When I make myself write I don’t stare at a blank screen or page; I write. Sure, some things I write are better... Read more »

The problem with my kid learning to read is I can't lie to him anymore

My son knows how to read. Sure, he still struggles with some words, but as I’ve told him, even grown ups sometimes run into words we don’t know while we are reading. I’m thrilled that my son can read (and that my daughter is starting to read too). I must admit, though, that I am... Read more »
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How to be an amateur stock photo model

How to be an amateur stock photo model
Click through the gallery below for tips on how to be an amateur stock photo model. Disclosure: I do not have any personal knowledge about modeling for stock photos; however, I was able to make some guesses based on these free stock photos attributed to typexnick on Morguefile. You may also enjoy: Weird stuff for... Read more »

The skeleton on my hard drive

I found a play I forgot I wrote. I noticed a subdirectory with an unfamiliar name in the “plays” folder on my computer. In it I discovered the script for a play I had completely forgotten. So I read it. The play is awful. No, I’m serious. It is really, really awful. The problem is... Read more »

Weird stuff for sale at Oriental Trading Company

My daughter chose a Frozen theme for her birthday party. This sweet little girl seems more interested in Lizzie Borden.
It’s birthday party planning season in our house, which means a lot of browsing for bargain decorations and favors on the Oriental Trading Company website. It’s not always the cheapest source for particularly for licensed character items, but it tends to be a great place to get party staples like tablecloths, balloons, crafts, and small... Read more »
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Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?

Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?
Writers love the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Every few months a writer I know will mention THE BOOK only to have other people pile on about how inspiring it is. I read it. I didn’t find it inspiring. I found it choked with metaphor and platitudes. I didn’t hate it, but it... Read more »

Uber list: My goals for 2016

Uber list: My goals for 2016
Now that I’ve looked back on my accomplishments and shortfalls from last year it is time to set out my goals for 2016. a couple of my goals for this year don’t follow my usual uber list criteria of specific and measurable, but they are things that I’d like to focus on anyway. In general... Read more »

It's the end of the year as we know it (and I feel fine)

As 2015 ends it is time for me to look back on my goals for the year. Before I take score against my uber list I like to reflect on some of the unplanned accomplishments and good news of the year, if only to make me feel better about the goals I failed to meet. Here... Read more »
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The Emptying: A holiday-week horror story

The Emptying: A holiday-week horror story
It started days ago. Everyone said goodnight to each other as usual, but the next day people were missing. The day after that there were even fewer of us. Each day more people vanish. Normally crowded trains and hallways grow eerily quiet and empty. “Who will be here tomorrow?” You dare not ask the question... Read more »