A Proliferation of Crooked Doors of Portsmouth

December 30, 2019


Portsmouth has changed, there is no doubt. As we drove into town we were met first with a brand new parking garage, and the blocks of hideous new buildings, like cancers on the face of an old, loved friend. It was momentarily disorienting. There has been more growth here in the last decade than in […]

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The Damned of Eldritch Creek

November 20, 2019


The Damned of Eldritch Creek By Jon Tobey   I’m assuming that anybody on my Facebook page who is going to buy More Lore from the Mythos has already done so, so I’m going to post a portion of my story in the analogy here, and ask if you like it, please invest $1.99 in […]

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One Less October

November 8, 2019


Memory is a faded floral tapestry, and if the mind’s eye can no longer follow a thread, occasionally the present will create a window on a single flower, the way sometimes a clear patch forms in a turbulent stream, letting you espy the white fin of a loafing char, the gold-plated side of a spawning […]

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Storycrafting 10: Free Association

October 24, 2019


In his book Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury famously discussed his “noun list” writing technique. It’s been regurgitated many times. I first read about this in the preface to either Something Wicked this Way Comes or Dandelion Wine when I was 12, and of course forgot it for a good 40 years. […]

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2019 Snohomish Car Show

October 3, 2019


I’ve not gotten to  many car shows this year. Today Amber graciously allowed us the time away from home stuff to take in the Snohomish show, probably because we combined it with a trip to the once good, now excellent, Andy’s Fish House. Given the iffy weather, I was surprised and happy to see the […]

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Storycrafting 9: Panster vs. Plotter

September 24, 2019


In the various writing groups I belong to the question of  “Are you a panster or a plotter?” recycles with regularity. A “panster” is a person who sits down to write without a predefined outline; in counterpoint, a “plotter” outlines first. In my own experience this is a continuum: some stories come to me whole, […]

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India – Bangalore and Hyderabad

September 12, 2019


Recently I went to Bangalore and Hyderabad for business. India is so foreign, it’s almost alien. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good photography trip. I was working in walled compounds that were on the outskirts of cities and staying just a few blocks away. Most of the images were taken either on the short walk, or […]

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Protected: Every Man for Himself

August 11, 2019

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21 Dead in Rye

July 19, 2019


3 Rye Massacres: The one they told you about and the two they didn’t How’s that for a face-grabbing lede? On New Years Eve 2019, Amber and I detoured through Rye on our way to Plum Island. On the way in from 101, we came down Breakfast Hill Road, two miles from where I grew […]

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Cribbage with Phil

July 11, 2019


I sit here as I so often do, trapped between what I “should” be doing, and what is important. Bills, half-finished stories, and a stalled house remodel stacked up around me, while I monitor work emails and ask “what should I really be doing, now that I’m in ‘The Midnight Slide,'” a term from a […]

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