1 Oh this is good this is GOOD best thing I’ve written in weeks.  I’ll let it simmer, run through ONE MORE TIME early tomorrow and submit.  YES! 2 Submit 3 Oh crap I can’t believe I misspelled two words and spell check didn’t catch them before submitting.  Stupid spell check. So… leave as is,… Read More


I can’t believe I’m writing this article.  I’m anything but naive, but I want to believe that all submitting writers know better than to commit the career-killing errors I’m about to address. And yet, here I am having to point out the patently obvious, because there are writers out there putting editors and slush readers… Read More


I’ve been remiss about posting here (after claiming five months ago I’d do better) so here I am to address that. Again.  There may be a flurry of posts over the next x weeks, so pop your bumbershoots! The first thing I want to announce is that, after fifty-some-odd years of writing, I finally have a… Read More


I haven’t posted here in way too long so let’s fix that. 2015 was a watershed year for me in many ways, particularly with writing.  That was when I rebooted. For far too many years I’d let my favorite activity slip, so far that when I tried to return to it, writing seemed more chore than… Read More


The neighbor behind me stopped his truck in front of my house tonight and got out. “I need to tell you something,” he said. So he walked up and pointed to a 4-inch scratch on his neck. “See this? Your tree did this.” I grimaced in sympathy. “So you need to trim your tree,” he… Read More


When it comes to ad hoc debate, you can be certain of two things: It will escalate At some late point, someone will invoke a civilizing principle Very often said principle will address one or more logical fallacies, and with good reason: they’re cheap and easy.  Humans are largely averse to complexity and we fall upon fallacy, logical or… Read More


Two writers exist in my head. One lives to compose songs, stories, even poetry on emotion-dumping occasions. The other works to persuade, to detail, to analyze. The first is the storyteller of my childhood.  As a youth growing up in rural Texas I had little use for technical writing.  That changed during my junior year in… Read More


Author’s note: this was an entry for Texas Observer’s 2015 fiction contest. It didn’t win anything, but I thought someone might get a kick out of the satire.   The liberal media wants me to go apeshit over some poached baby elephant but I can’t give two craps. My outrage is reserved for better things,… Read More