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Dandelion Wine – The Happiness Machine

February 8, 2017

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I first read this as a separately excerpted short. It was originally published in the Saturday Evening Post complete with a Rockwell image. At any rate, now that we all spend the better part of our days staring into our own Happiness Machines, I found this story even more compelling…Again, you should probably get a […]

Dandelion Wine – Wake Up and Live

January 18, 2017

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Some authors I read all at once, some I parse out over a lifetime, knowing they will write no more, savoring it like a case of wine you sample from every decade or so, appreciating each new sip more than the last. Ray Bradbury is one of those authors. How he feels about  Waukeegan, is […]

Pigs of Minot

January 7, 2017

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A few nights ago I had a fever and I had one of those dreams that goes all night, no matter how many times I wake up, every time I go back to sleep, it continues. This allows me to think about and shape the dream, and it’s actually a large part of my writing […]

Destroying Angel Part 2 of 4

December 6, 2016

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Destroying Angel Part 1 2 Whereas Wulff’s house was on the river side of the road, the lodge sat on a long drive up the hill away from the river. As we drove up, we swung around the back of the house to the kitchen entrance. Light was coming from the windows which spanned the […]

Destroying Angel – Part 1 of 4

December 4, 2016

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So, I didn’t win the Black Orchid Society Nero Wolfe competition, and now I can publish the story here. I want to thank everybody who helped: Jason, Kelly, Elisabetta, Beth, the Wilsons, Judy, Ellen, Mark, other Mark,  Laura, Ethan, other people I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment.  Please forgive me if I have left […]

“I Have an Idea for a Book/Movie”

November 17, 2016

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Idea, Situation, Concept, Premise & Theme the Storycrafting Prequel People say this to me all of the time “I have an idea for a story…” I bet you do, because you are an intelligent, creative person and I respect you. And I can predict how the conversation goes from here. Either you will “give” it […]

What Engine Drives Your Story?

November 7, 2016

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One thing that is really important to writing, but is rarely discussed, is the “engine” that makes stories work. What is the engine? It’s a theme, character trait, or plot device that comes up repeatedly, usually in a series, that drives the plot. It’s the way a certain character always responds to a situation, or […]