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...