Saturday, September 29, 2012


...Yesterday morning I watched the beaver swim the length of the lake.  There was low-level fog skirting the surface and it was early.

…Yesterday I wrote a story.  It was my 1,000th story/poem in the last three years I’ve been doing this.  I think it was a pretty good piece.  It was a sad love story that made my heart break for the narrator.

…Yesterday I did some submitting.  Not a lot, but some.  Haven’t done that for a while.  I even had the brass to shoot a story off to The New Yorker.  I thought, why not?
It was the story that won 1st place at the PNWA Conference.  It’s not been published anywhere yet.

…Yesterday Xe Sands read my story “Don’t Lie” for Little Fiction and she did a really great job:
…Today I am going to enjoy being alive.  I am going to some wineries and afterward I'll enjoy terrific food. 
I hope you have a wonderful day.
…These are some things I like for the weekend:’

"I write to discover what I know." Flannery O'Connor

"I don’t believe less is more. I believe that more is more. I believe that less is less, fat fat, thin thin and enough is enough." - Stanley Elkin

‎"Babies play until they feel like resting and they rest until they feel like playing and that is the way geniuses move forward... that is the way huge problems are solved." Martha Beck

‎"You children--understand one thing here and now, and it will count for a lot. Don't believe that destiny is anything more than what you can pack into childhood." Rilke Duino

"The best that any of us can hope to do with our writing is to present to the reader a piece of the world, and to do so with honesty and clarity and gratitude." Randall Silvis

"We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic." E.Root

"We want to read about suffering and that writerly genius manistest itself in the evocation of suffering." Tim Parks

"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul."― Pablo Neruda


  1. This is a beautiful post. Some thoughts:

    I want to read that story now.

    I hope the New Yorker publishes your story - good on ya for having he whateverittook to submit.

    Thanks for the kind words - it was a challenging and thus wonderful piece to work on.

    You pulled one of my favorite Neruda quotes. Thanks for the reminder.

    Now I need to go seek out more of your writing...

  2. Xe,
    Thanks for you kind words and for following this blog. The majority of my online published writing is here, to the right, under "Words In Print" although some links are broken and Blogger won't let me edit them out.
    I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
    All the best.