Conversation versus Dialogue

The draft novel is written with the final words “The End” displayed on the last page. The easy part accomplished, and the work to get it suitable for publication is undertaken. Scene 1 introduces the characters and sets up the coming conflict. The hook set to keep readers reading. Confidence …

Amanda Post Memorial Tournament 2018

The Amanda Post Memorial Tournament again marked Pipeline Soccer Club 2008 Boys Red’s spring outdoor season. Last year, I noted the boys won one game and lost two. This year’s result was the same, 1-2. Weather plays its role Two days before the tournament, a windstorm hit Maryland and the …

Retirement Party

My wife hosted a retirement party on Saturday to fix my retirement in my mind and those of my friends. My wife suggested the party a few weeks after I announced my retirement date to my boss and family in early November 2017. She and my children brainstormed the details. …

A Writing Milestone

Every week is becoming a writing milestone week in my writing career. Those who are unaware, I began my first novel less than three years ago. Since then, I completed two drafts with the first over 100k words. The second written during NaNoWriMo and is 50k. The novels need editing or …

My First Microstory

I finished a microstory today. It is my first and proved to be a greater challenge than the short-short story I recently blogged.   What is microstory? YourDictionary defines it as  “an extremely short story.” Mythcreants defines it this way. “The traditional definition is a story that is 300 words …

Sleeping in, Not!

Week One The first week of retirement was interesting and not what I expected. My friends told me I could sleep-in mornings once retired. Little likely I learned. My wife is the secretary to a Monday morning bowling league. Often, she asked me to take a day off and go with …

Retirement, a New Beginning

Standing in front of the Military Induction Center in Chicago, Illinois at 6:30 am, I had no thought I would retire on 26 January 2018 after 51 years, one month and 28 days. The years either in the US Navy or contracting to Navy affiliated organizations. So ends a phase of my …

Five Days to Retirement

The flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore was smooth and on-time. It was the last flight before retirement and the culmination of an enjoyable week. Enjoyable not because I bowled well, but how does one not enjoy Las Vegas? My performance on the lanes disappointed me. My scores were the lowest …

Viva Las Vegas

My wife and I arrived in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon from Baltimore. I am taking part in the 61 annual Military Championship. I blogged about the tournament last January. Interesting flight The flight was one of the more interesting ones I have flown in years. We settled in exit row …

Learning from a short-short story

Several months ago, I found a short-short story contest. The story had to be 1500 words or fewer. Entering  it was an opportunity to take a break from editing my two first drafts and write something new. What to write? I have confessed in an earlier post my jealousy for …