Archive | April 2012

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Thinking Beyond the Outside of the Box

A couple of weeks ago I published a post of malapropisms. At least that is what regular reader Steve Meitz tells me they are called (and then informed me, with tongue in cheek, that since I had already published, it was a mute point. I hope his joke isn’t falling on deaf ears). If you […]

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The Loss of Innocence and Creativity

I have been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. I am a “seasoned and experienced professional.” There are days when I feel like I can design with my eyes closed. And there are other days where it looks like that is exactly what I have done. There is something to say for […]

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Five Sentence Fiction

Okay here is a quick bonus post to celebrate reaching the 50-post milestone (Hooray! This is post 51!). Some readers of my last post commented on the benefits of honing the craft of writing with 100-word stories. Another reader suggested I try Lilly McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction, which is just what it sounds like: a challenge to […]

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Working up to the Short Story

Word counts be damned! Yes, I know I said that last week. I meant it. These days I have been kicking the tires on short stories, finding out what makes them tick.  I’ve been on a few test drives having penned about 6 shorts and I think I am getting a little better with each […]

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Throwing You Some Rope, More or Less

A writer’s job is to tell a story. Words are the medium. A writer jabs his brush into his pallet of words and begins to paint a picture one word at a time. I feel that my first effort was a good one and is one that I am proud of, but one thing that […]

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King Jamie

This world is full of creative people.  Among other things, there are artists, musicians, writers (of course), dancers, singers, actors, composers, illustrators, and photographers. As I have mentioned in a previous post, my mother was an artist and her studio was the kitchen.  So yes, I would include chefs and cooks on my list of […]

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It’s a Doggy Dog World

How many times have you been singing a song and someone corrects you.  As a kid I spent many years under the impression that Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (as in Jersey Boys) were singing “My eyes of torture” instead of “My eyes adored you.” Embarrassing stuff. In that same spirit, I came across […]

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