In which I visit The Blog Doctor

A nurse entered the waiting room and called my name. She wasn’t a nurse. “Mr. Walker? The Great Blogger will see you now.” I’d been summoned, but I resisted. It was a passive-aggressive resistance, I guess. I wasn’t going to not rise. But I wasn’t in a hurry to rise, either. “Mr. Walker?” She craned…

Penguin Classics and the downfall of modern literacy.

I’ve been a bookseller for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of books come and go. There are some great ones out there. And there are some not so great ones. The really great ones last tens, twenties, thirties of years. Hundreds of years. Sometimes thousands. The ones that are not so good…well they fade away.…

The story is finished several times

Last week I posted an unfinished story. I had sat down to write one story, but in the process of writing it the story took on a life of its own and became another one. I offered it up for others to finish and was pleased to find several interesting takes on what had become…

This story needs you to finish it.

It was decades ago. A Friday night. He shut the door of his bedroom and turned off the light. It was only 7:00 pm but it was dark and he wanted no part of anything. He shut the door against the man he called dad coming home in his suit after a bad day to…

In which I rip off more great writing.

In They say this is great writing, I wrote about how I intentionally ripped off the opening of Tom Sawyer several times. A comment on that post by Valerie Moone made me realize that there is another piece of great writing I ripped off unintentionally. Here is my unintentionally ripped-off opening (if you’d like, you can read…

The Tyranny of the Blank Screen

This screen is blank. Now that I’ve typed four words, it is less blank. At present, there are 14 words on the screen, and I can relax a bit. I will still be concerned about the order of the words, how well they flow, how well they convey my idea, my mood, my Right Now.…