Mid-life Kicker

(For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “mid-life kicker” refers to a marketing effort designed to boost sales of a product in the midst of its lifecycle before a new version of it is released.) Much ado has been made of over the concept of the “mid-life crisis”....

Detours Along the Artist’s Way

“Writers really take their worst shellacking from other writers.”E. B. White (On Writing [1990]) Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this blog. I don’t have any good excuses, so I won’t bother to try to make up any. I have been properly chastized,...

Trying to Make Reason out of Rhyme

As my son progresses through early adolesence, I worry about all of the things that I think most parents worry about—school work, grades, girls, whether he might grow up to be a Republican—things like that. Every once in a while, he hits me with one not even remotely on...

Road Rants

In an attempt to ward off a complete onset of of road rage, I’m going to try to use this forum as a form of self-therapy. We’ll see how that works out. To some of you drivers out there (and you probably don’t know who you are): The sequence...

Born to Fly

While I was out doing yardwork this past weekend, rocking out with my iPod, I experienced one of those moments of synchronicity when one of the songs hit a particular note with events of recent weeks. The song, “Born to Fly” (performed by Sara Evans), seemed to embody in...

Birth of a Story

I am pleased to report that I have completed the first draft of my short story, “Building Baby Brother”. It weighs in at approximately 21,600 words (that’s roughly 98 manuscript pages)! Not quite the 2,000-word short tale that I originally set out to create. While the current draft is...

Metrics for Successful Parenting

In my new job at a new company, there is almost an obssesive concern over having specific metrics to measure the level of success (or failure) of projects. These, apparently, can even be applied to such subjective and nearly intangible qualities as customer satisfaction. (I’m not saying that this...

Making a Long Story Short . . .

My current writing project began as a short story for a project at Josh’s school. They had scheduled an event where family members and students were to create a short narrative—real or fictional—and read it to the other families. The goal behind this exercise was to alleviate some of...

Writing as Work Therapy

I have been writing since my elementary school days. I’m the kid who, when asked to write a 1- to 2-page short story would turn in a 8- or 10-page opus. Things just progressed from there. Lately, I have turned my attention to novel-length works, with the occasional foray...