Out of Gas

The Vanagon as of this time is unnamed. We haven’t found one that has stuck with us above all others. We’ve made a casual joke that maybe it’s like the Pacific Crest Trail, you get your name once you are out there. JC and I are not mechanical people. I would say we are educated…

Your Space

  ‘To describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way of getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe.’ – Alan Watts – We all have our little secluded spaces within ourselves that we withdraw to when we want to write. For some…

Triangle of Connectivity

‘The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.’ – Ernest Hemingway – In telling true stories we have to reveal a lot of what we usually keep locked…

Substance

‘Revision means throwing out the boring crap and making what’s left sound natural.’ – Laure Halse Anderson – This weekend I started working on the piece of writing that I intend to submit at the end of the month. I fell into every trap that I have mentioned in this blog and that I swore…

Mile Marker

‘I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will…

Moving On

‘The reason a writer writes a book is to forget the book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.’ – Thomas Wolfe – I like this quote. When I went through a serious rough patch in my youth – cancer, divorce, death, money issues all wrapped up in one year –…