“So Lucy, what’s the deal?” “The temperature is below 100 degrees for the first time this month.” “Is it the end of the world?” “No, Little One. A cool front moved in, and it is cooler now.” “How cool is it, Lucy?” “Hmmm let’s see. That thermometer says ninety-seven degrees.” “Ninety-seven degrees? Are you kidding […]

  Today I’m a guest at Maryann Miller’s blog, Maryann Writes. When I was a new writer, I learned many things by trial and error. Some of what I learned I forgot and had to keep relearning and others I managed to save. I developed a list of five things that new writers ought to […]

  It is Wednesday Story Day time again, and last week we were there when Larry and Andrew got the warrant to go and ask for the hotel records for Alexis Rafferty. The warrant is only valid for twenty-four hours. Larry requested that Ned Dixon, Janis’ lover be included in the warrant but the judge […]

In Keith’s words, “Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time […]

  Yes, it’s true. We are beginning the pre-game season. I thought I would put together a list that will hopefully lead to a more enjoyable season for all. (Notice I labeled it American football in deference to the name the rest of the world calls soccer) Top Ten Things Not to Do at the […]

Maryann Miller has given Circumstances of Childhood a terrific review at her place. Here is the link to the review and her blog which is titled Maryann Writes. https://maryannwrites.com/2019/08/25/book-review-circumstances-of-childhood-by-john-w-howell/ Maryann Miller is one of those talented authors who makes time to help other authors. She has a regular feature on her blog where she provides […]

Since this is the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey which devastated Port Aransas, I thought I would repeat a post that ran after the hurricane showing the community spirit there. I think it is that spirit which helped many people through difficult times. We no longer live in Port Aransas but the experience of the hurricane […]

  With the advent of Saturday, we can guess that this is Stream of Consciousness Saturday on this blog. This weeks prompt is the preposition. Linda Hill says we can get bonus points for beginning and ending our post with a preposition. So you see why the beginning of my post looks unusual (nailed it). […]

  It is Friday again. This week has been more of the old heatwave. It has been 103 degrees for the last nine days. That kind of heat wears one out. We are expecting at least another two weeks of above 100 degrees. We can complain as much as we want, but it won’t help. […]

“So dad, we want to play outside.” “It is too hot right now, Little One. It’s 103 degrees. Go play with Lucy.” “Gee, Boss. I thought outside was a good idea.” “See Dad. Lucy agrees with me.” “Go look out and tell me what you see.” “I don’t see anything. How about you, Lucy?” “Nope, […]