How to end a scene.

The fundamental unit of fiction is the scene. Every scene is a miniature story. Every scene has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Right now we’re focusing on the end of your scene. You have one overriding goal at the end of each scene. That goal is to get the reader to turn the page and read the …

01-23-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: Commodore: The Amiga Years (I loved my Amiga) Took the shorter leg of the Skywalker Trail and it was kind of a let down.  Only ran about 1.5 miles and it was rather unscenic. Got the Media room chairs delivered today, took the dudes almost 2 hours to get them all assembled and situated.  …

Getting mad skillz

Imagine how much more effective you’d be a month from now if you learned a new skill in the next 30 days. Think that’s impossible? Of course it is, if you aim too high. But why aim too high? I’m not talking about becoming the world’s leading expert in a month. Not going to happen. I’m talking about …

01-22-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Japanese Motorcycles (I have a thing for 1976 Honda 400/4 Supersports, long story) Pretty good hike this morning with Molly, we did about 5 miles total, it was 30 degrees or so, but once the sun was out and hitting us, I was sweating.   Still can not get …

An Infant of Monstrous Aspect

Writing…always, always only starts out as shit: an infant of monstrous aspect; bawling, ugly, terrible, and it stays terrible for a long, long time (sometimes forever). Unlike cooking, for example, where largely edible, if raw, ingredients are assembled, cut, heated, and otherwise manipulated into something both digestible and palatable, writing is closer to having to …

Wealth as a teaching aide

In one of his essays, Seneca lists all the trappings of obscene wealth—a golden roof, purple clothes, marble floors. He describes the life of someone who has been blessed mightily by fate and fortune. They have imposing statues, the most brilliant art, teams of servants. They have country homes and fancy jewelry. What does having all these things …

01-21-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos T0day was spent running around, Grocery, Hardware, Pet store.   I’m beat from the driving. I watched an oldie but a goody this afternoon, “Panic in the Year Zero” if you have never seen it, give it a watch.  Trigger warning:  It was another time. Made …