To Write

  • Writing… winnowing out the packing peanuts

        “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing   “So many large words, as though syllables will hide the truth” Sharon Mock, She Walks in Shadows   “Vigorous writing is concise.” Walter Strunk Jr.   As a software person, I try to keep aware… Continue reading

  • The Rock Quarry

    I have climbed Mount Everest. I have also climbed the Matterhorn. I have fought German Panzers advancing on Patton’s position. I have broken trail with Daniel Boone. And I have parlayed with the leaders of the Sioux nation whilst living amongst them as a mountain man. All within earshot of my mother calling me to… Continue reading

  • Just Write

    “To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.” —Allen Ginsberg “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway “Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of… Continue reading

  • Music and writing

    “Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie Parker “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production… Continue reading

  • Huntsville, Alabama

    I’m going to Huntsville! Yup. For five wonderful days. Umm Why am I going to Huntsville you ask? Well, let me tell you… I’m going to Huntsville to write. I have made a decision to write more, and you can’t write more without writing. So I’m trying to figure out just how I can create… Continue reading