“Are you a writer?” asked the woman in the park. She’d seen my yellow field bag with the Ray Bradbury quote: You must stay drunk on writing so that reality cannot destroy you. “I like to write,” I equivocated. It was my standard answer. It was true, after all, and got me out of committing to … Continue reading Evolution


Some stories come gently, drifting in and settling on the page. Others stories fight the telling. Tooth and claw, they snarl and bite. I wrestled a wolverine into a cage and left it on your doorstep. I dare you to open it.


There’s a house I pass four times a day: twice in the morning and twice in the evening. It’s on the corner of a quiet side street between the bike route and daycare. It’s one of those grand Portland houses with a wide front porch, old-style double-hung windows, and rosebushes and rhododendrons planted along the … Continue reading Linda

A Side Quest

This week I have the honor of leading a small team of guest judges for the Trifecta Writing Challenge! This makes me happy on a number of levels. First of all, I get to work with some fantastic writers: Uneven Steven and Kate R. of Robbo Writes. Steve has blown me away since the first … Continue reading A Side Quest