Category Archives: the human condition

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage

In 1848, Phineas Gage was a foreman, efficient, capable, and smart, employed to clear a railroad route through rocky terrain. He and his crew broke up rock formations by drilling holes down into them, filling the holes partway with gunpowder, … Continue reading

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Unforsaken reaches ScreenCraft Semifinals

Unforsaken began as a 1500 word short story, Saguaro Flat — 1909, written for the Palos Verdes Library’s 2017 November Writing month. Audience reaction when it was read at the Library in early 2018 inspired me to adapt it for … Continue reading

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A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

Yes, that’s our objective of the day: to turn your novel, novella, novelette or short into a hive of scum and villainy. Stories of any length thrive on villains. The more wretched, the better. For without him or her, there … Continue reading

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Human Brain. the Ultimate Puzzle

The human brain is probably the most complex system on this planet, the ultimate puzzle. Understanding the brain may help us make sense of some of the strangeness in human behavior. The problem is, we can’t take the brain apart … Continue reading

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“Incense Summer”

A Short Story Incense Summer J Guenther Julia doesn’t talk about it, but she still thinks of that summer as “when I learned about incense.” Many things happened between June and September that year at Benison College, but she remembers … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Father’s Keeper by Norbert Lebert

My Father’s Keeper (2001) is the story of the children of upper echelon Nazis, the sons and daughters of Himmler, Hess, Goering, and others. German journalists Stephan Lebert and his son Norbert conducted their interviews in 1959 and 2000, respectively. … Continue reading

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Beta Readers Wanted

I’ve slated another book for release this year. It’s currently in third draft, an enrichment draft where details will be fleshed out and the character’s arc enhanced. The current word count is 21,000, well into novella* territory, with about 80 … Continue reading

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A Quotation for Our Times

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana (1863-1952)

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In the Mouth of the Lion proofs

The morning after uploading my cover and text files for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, I got a notice that the input files met CS specs. I put in an order for four proof copies. A little … Continue reading

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In the Mouth of the Lion uploaded

Tonight, during and after dinner, I uploaded the PDF file for In the Mouth of the Lion to CreateSpace, along with the front cover, and four blurbs for the back cover. I used CS’s “Cover Creator,” choosing a cover layout … Continue reading

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