NaNo & GIVING IN

  All this month, I have been writing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNo). My early goal, before November began, was to complete a science fiction novel. I had written 15 k in April, and hoped about 7k of it was worthwhile. But as November approached I lost confidence. I have written several novels—seriously. The [...]

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THE ODYSSEY

Translations are a bitch. If readers—especially those with no great interest in other cultures or mythology—want a fast-moving understandable fantasy tale, this might be just the ticket. I want history and truth and anthropology. This translation is modestly literate and probably relatively accurate. Despite imposition of semi-iambic pentameter and use of modern expressions, it does [...]

HERE! ROVER! THANKSGIVING!

This morning Gary and I walked the length of the beach to the north. We were out for two hours. A little more. We started early, but it is a holiday weekend, and there were many people on the beach we didn't know. Most of them had loose dogs with them. Several of the dogs [...]

TIME OFF

We went away for the weekend. Such a simple thing to do though rare for us because for all of our marriage until recently, we had the animals to consider. There were dogs, usually five or six of them. There were the cats, only one at a time. Zora bit. Leakey pined. This recent trip [...]

BURNING

The West is burning. In 1975, Canadian friends picked me up in Seattle to ride with them to Colorado. The driver was Jeff, and Jeff smoked cigarettes. At one point, he tossed the lit butt of a cigarette out his window. It was early September, the end of a long, hot, dry summer. We were [...]

VETERAN’S DAY

We watched birds on the beach this morning, but it is Veteran's Day, so Gary and I talked about our dads' military service. Gary's dad joined the Army during World War 2, but was mustered out as a result of a hernia. He joined again, this time the Army Air Force and spent the war [...]