Blogfest: Hook, Line & Sinker

For this blogfest, you are required to post 500-1000 words of your story’s or novel’s “hook” and then go visit the other participants’ sites to critique their hooks in turn. I had a tough time choosing what to post. For one thing, I’ve been mostly writing plays and screenplays lately. For another, while I really…

Moon

I found the moon in my night table drawer. It’s the same moon I wrote to Rob about years ago: Dear Rob, Today I bought the moon. I bought it hanging full in the branches of bare trees. I bought it held hard and fast to a deep blue-and-purple sky. I bought it spattered by…

My 80s Crush

    I should start by saying that in 1980 I was four years old and a little young for crushes. I really don’t remember much of the 80s as a whole, aside from a vague notion of Ronald Reagan as president (and that Genesis video with the puppets), and a fear of Russians, except…

London

I’m returning to London at the end of March and will be there through not quite mid-April . . . Somehow I’ve never been in the spring, so I’m looking forward to seeing the city in a new way. I usually go in the summer, you see, but with the Jubilee and the Olympics, I…

In Memoriam: Douglass Parker

One year ago today, Dr Douglass S. Parker passed away. Today I lay my personal headstone. “Doc Parker,” as we called him, was a simply amazing individual. I was an undergraduate student of his at the University of Texas, and he was what every [American] kid pictures when thinking of a Classicist: the jackets, the…

Writing Opportunity: Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition on Climate Change for adults and children Closing date: 31st March 2012 Judges: Carol Ann Duffy (English entries) & Elin ap Hywel (Welsh entries) Prizes : Adults: 1st £500; 2nd £100; 3rd £50 Children: 1st £50; 2nd £30; 3rd £20 Entry fee: Adults: £3 per poem or 4 for £10 Children: £1 per…

Strange Gravity

There is a strange gravity between bodies. It is the force that causes two people standing near one another to sway towards and lean in. It is the force that causes two people facing one another to embrace or kiss. And like all heavenly bodies, some have more pull than others. Some spin faster. Some…

My first job was as a library page for the public library in our town. It was within walking distance of my school, so after classes I would walk over for work. Sometimes, if I wasn’t scheduled to start right away, I would go to the fast food place across the street for something to…