Hello from a new website for my writer's identity. As you may or may not know the old site had become rather dormant. Life is complicated and the old website took a back seat for a couple years. I decided it had also started to look like an old rusty Model T abandoned in the … Continue reading BOB’S WEBSITE IS REVAMPED!!
This fall I did something I've never attempted before. I taught an eight week creative writing workshop. It was offered as part of the adult enrichment curriculum at our local community college, and it was open to all comers. There were eight evening sessions scheduled for 90 minutes each (by the third week we were … Continue reading A SUM GREATER THAN ITS PARTS
I'm overdue for getting in touch with you cyber-chums of mine. If I were a marketing mage I would be posting at least weekly. I'm sorry though, I'm not put together that way. I'm a real person with real flaws and one of the worse when it comes to my writing is discipline. Part of … Continue reading DEM BONES, DEM BONES, DEM DRY BONES
There was an article recently that caused a bit of a stir in the scribosphere. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/04/creative-writing-courses-waste-of-time-hanif-kureishi?CMP=twt_gu Basically it rehashed the conundrum of whether good writing can actually be taught, or whether it is one of those inborn talents that you either have or don't have in your soul, or DNA, or intestines, or wherever inborn … Continue reading A TEACHERABLE MOMENT?
You think a about a lot of things when you have time on your hands. That can be a blessing or a curse depending on where your mind takes itself. Writers, by their nature, I suspect, have a tendency to take themselves to a lot of places in their heads that other folks visit less … Continue reading THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE
It's running up on 20 years, now, since I started writing stories (and then deciding to keep them, and then trying to sell them). Yet, I still feel I am a beginning fiction writer. The number of unsold stories in the trunk and the number of years of writing don't add "seniority" as a writer … Continue reading FAN TALE
When I look at the last line of my last blog post I can't help laughing at myself. Keeping my butt in the chair and fingers on the keyboard has been quite a challenge all year, but especially in the last six months or so. Yet I still feel pretty good about things. My writing … Continue reading WRITES OF PASSAGES
How do you get story ideas? When I talk to non-writer friends this is the second most frequent question they ask; it’s the question asked by the friends that take your declaration of interest in writing seriously. The question “friends” ask who don’t take your writing seriously is usually something like “You What?” That’s often followed … Continue reading WRITING “THE LAST TEAMSTER”
I participate in several on line discussion groups, which can at times suck time like a black hole and spew distraction like a geyser. And I confess that often, depending on the topic and the poster, I edit the incoming with a heavy finger on the delete key. But at other times I am engrossed … Continue reading NO TIME LIKE BLOG TIME
Lots of readers and writers ask what if the well runs dry? The well, meaning the creative fount from whence flows stories and all other manner of inspiration. It has never been the right question for me. The well, the source of story ideas, the movies in my head, the idea nuggets, the oh-shit-think-about-this flashes … Continue reading WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY