Meghan Bode’s Wintry Tale — Part 1 of 2

The blog turns two on Thursday. And to celebrate, both the anniversary and Halloween, Meghan Bode has offered the following little treat from her past. The conclusion will post on Thursday.

silv’ry dusk descends

drawing form from snowy earth

surely eyes deceive Continue reading

Characters Who Won’t Let Go

This image pretty much sums up my blogging ideas last week for today’s post.

A few topics surfaced now and again, but none of them drove me to my computer, compelled to set down a torrent of words before they escaped my grasp. This was a good situation, though. Because it seems my creative brain wanted to play with other ideas. You see, it’s been flitting from story to story to  story, although never alighting on one long enough for me to begin writing. Yes, three stories. Now, please don’t groan and roll your eyes at my apparent inability to stick with one. These aren’t new stories per se. Continue reading

Into The Dog Days

August is nearly upon us. Blogland’s population is largely on vacation. And I wonder if some of those “on a break” will really come back. I hope they do.

Working through Meghan’s new story is slow-going, and there are too many days where I question my ability to write it. But I made some real progress this weekend, and that feels good. So I’d thought I’d again share a short bit from the first draft of the book’s second scene: Continue reading

A Real Opening For Meghan’s First Mystery

Those of you who read Meghan’s first story, “Meghan’s Brush with Forensic Archaeology,” know that it grew out of a “normal” post. When I started the post, I thought I would be doing something like I had before, where I wrote a haiku and talked about our “poetic archaeologist” as an example. But at the end of that post, I found myself writing a few lines of dialogue. And a story was born.

As I work on her new story, I’m also working on revisions to this one, fleshing it out into a longer version like “Buried Deeds.” So I’ve drafted a real opening scene. For now, the story starts like this. Continue reading

Saturday Sundries 3

confusion (Microsoft clip art)

image credit: Microsoft clip art

Yesterday morning rolled around, and I still hadn’t come up with an idea for today’s post. The day job kept me busier than I have been recently, and, to be honest, my creativity is still wandering the universe and isn’t checking in with me very often. So this post is my version of “free writing,” in the sense of “free association.” Continue reading