Stories and Posts

Martyrdom is seldom required

Writing a blog which aims at examining current events through the lens of culture and literature often includes having to consider tragic news. I haven’t written anything over the past two months not due to a dearth of worthy topics…
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It’s Imaginary–Part II.

The second chapter of my WIP titled IMAGINARY follows. That’s how the words came down the first time–it’s unrevised and unedited. Be cruel to be kind. While you’re visiting, please follow the link to the right and nominate my novel SON…
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Work in progress. It’s Imaginary.

In a change of pace, this month’s short story is not a short story at all. What you find below is the first raw, unedited, unrevised chapter of a book in progress. Its working title is “Imaginary.” I hope you…
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Scouted at last–Kindle Scout(ed)

No pro scouts ever called on my tiny club soccer team in college. That did not stop a young man from dreaming. Alas, the closest I’ve ever come to professional futbol was a season ticket to the Chicago Fire. Well,…
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Unfortunately, this piece is not for us

Thank you for submitting [enter title] to [enter publication]. We appreciate the chance to read your work. Unfortunately, this piece is not for us. With the exception of the mythical and the divine, those of us who write and submit…
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GOP headache

I will on occasion lift too much in the gym, knowing perfectly well that I shouldn’t, that I’m likely to regret it. I have sometimes had too much to drink while ignoring the fact my body’s not built for alcohol…
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Cancer sucks, we don’t have to… (so vote)

Oncology is a grim discipline. Most new drug studies show no benefit and fail. Cancer therapies extending life by two months obtain FDA approval, and oncologists herald them as progress. Response rates of 2 and 3% win applause. The science…
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Freedom jam vs. Broadway morality play

My Muse is a show tune fiend. She’s an encyclopedia of Broadway and all the traveling productions. It will make sense, then, that Alan Cumming came up in conversation today. You may ask, “Is this post going to be about…
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We’re back…almost…

And we’re back from the December holiday hiatus. I have heard of a phenomenon called “a blogger’s guilt.” It is actually a thing. A blogger is supposed to feel guilty for a missed publication date, for not staying online all…
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