Showing posts from January, 2010

RIP Howard Zinn

"There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people."

You will be missed.

writing writing

My writing buddies and I have committed to writing 1000 words a day, and we're going to hold each other accountable. That's going to be good for me. Tonight I did not make the 1000 word goal, but I did sit down and pound out a good 750. That's more than I would have done otherwise.

Anyway. One or two of you may remember that a while ago I posted part 1 of a trifle of a short story I wrote called The Nondescript Man. Well, here's the rest of it. Let me know what you think.

The Nondescript Man, Part 2 of 2


The nondescript man stood outside of Julie's apartment staring intently at her kitchen window. Since it was a Saturday at about noon, near Christmas, the sidewalk was jammed with people, but they all seemed to unconsciously walk around him, leaving him in kind of an eddy in the flow of the crowd. Julie, who was inside making some eggs, was oblivious. However, she did take notice when her radio station started playing her favorite song again. Then, her e…


Looking forward to a three day weekend.

On the theme of sleep, here's a poem for today.

A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep--while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Finished the novel!

The Shooter Vanished draft one is now complete. Now comes the hard part - revising it!

The ending of it was very different from the one I originally thought of when I started this novel - but I think it works.

Stay tuned for more info on revisions. I might publish more excerpts here if I'm feeling saucy.

Hey, it's 2010.

Neat. Happy new year, everyone. May the teens be better for the world than were the aughts.

Interestingly, this is my first Portland overlap day. A year ago today, I arrived in Portland to interview for the job I have now. Three weeks later, after my partner had come up here, gotten himself a job, and found us the apartment, we drove a moving van & a station wagon with my partner, me, my dad, a dog, a cat, and a Betta fish, from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Portland, Oregon, and started a new life. I'll do a reflection post at some point, but not today.