Starting out on a romantic vacation, or treading water hoping someone will notice?

Cousin Ollie and the Deep Brown Sea

If you've been following my blog for very long, you’ve met Cousin Ollie by now, and for those of you who haven’t, well, you don’t know what you’ve missed! Ollie is a great guy, beloved by all (and laughed at by many), but a couple watts short of a night light. In Ollie’s last adventure, you found out what an avid Jeeper he is, but it’s not just during hunting season. A couple weeks ago he sucked a bunch of us in to making a run up to the La Sal’s to check out Buckeye Reservoir. It had been a long winter and the weather was fine, so we said “what the hey” and loaded up. We enjoyed the blue skies, light breeze, the sounds of kids having a good time (although that was hard to hear over the r

The old adage "Those who can't do, teach" had better be wrong

I recently signed up to teach some night classes on writing. Not sure what possessed me to do that, other than a strong interest in helping new writers skip over mistakes I’ve made, and continue to see others making at conferences and workshops. It’s common to be around new writers and hear someone ask them “What do you write?” to help break the ice and make the Newbie feel more comfortable. And then I watch the Good Samaritan’s eyes glaze over as that Newbie starts at Chapter 1 and goes forward, in fits and starts, backtracking because they realized they missed the name of the character’s dog, who isn’t even actually germane to the story, but at the time seems important. Or someone in a wor

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