A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?

“Yeah, I know what your English Professor tried to tell you. But if your English Professor could make a living writing fiction, they would have been doing it.” ― Dean Wesley Smith Where do you get your ideas from? All writers of fiction, from Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Jules Verne, Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Harris,Continue reading “A Writer’s Tale: Truth or Fiction?”

A Writer’s Tale: Birth of a Short Story

  It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a tad over three years since I self-published my short story Reunion via Amazon’s CreateSpace  Independent Publishing Platform. Originally written in 1998 at a time when I was feeling nostalgic about my teenage years and, among many things, prompted by the recent death of one of myContinue reading “A Writer’s Tale: Birth of a Short Story”

‘Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss’ Inspires a Twitter Poet!

Hi again, Dear Reader. As you know, actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez, his wife Adria, their son Anthony, and Yours Truly collaborated on a short film – “about today,” Juan likes to say – titled Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss.  The Hernandez family did most of the heavy lifting (acting, revising, editing, mixingContinue reading “‘Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss’ Inspires a Twitter Poet!”

Tempus Fugit…Again, or: My ‘Colombian Childhood’ is a Half-Century in the Past

Hey, there, Dear Reader. Welcome to another nostalgia-filled post in my occasional series, Tempus Fugit, in which I look back at certain periods of my so-called life, usually to remark that half-a-century has elapsed between Then and Present Day. Last night, while I was attempting to watch the first disc of Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueContinue reading “Tempus Fugit…Again, or: My ‘Colombian Childhood’ is a Half-Century in the Past”

I’m a Teller of Tales: An Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’

10:55 a.m.: South Miami Senior High School: A Classroom: On the last day of school, things always seem to take place at a slower pace than usual, especially after the last final exams have been completed. Since Finals Week is so markedly different from the norm, with schedules switched to accommodate final exams, there isContinue reading “I’m a Teller of Tales: An Excerpt from ‘Reunion: A Story’”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, July 19, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C ) under skies. With humidity at 57% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 6 MPH (9 KM/H), the feels-like factor is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to moveContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 19, 2021, or: The Burden of Grief, Regret, and Memory”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in New Hometown, Florida. It is a hot summer day: the temperature outside is 87˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and a southeasterly breeze blowing at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the heat index is 96˚F (36˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, July 17, 2021, or: The Persistence of (Dark) Memory….”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 15, 2021, or: Of Noises in the Night and the End of ‘Judge Judy’ is Nigh

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, July 15, 2021. It is going to be a hot but less rainy day; currently, the temperature is 85˚F (29˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 50% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, July 15, 2021, or: Of Noises in the Night and the End of ‘Judge Judy’ is Nigh”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, or: Grief, the Weight of Memory, & Irreconcilable Differences

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid- to late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 (Bastille Day in France and her overseas departments/dependencies). It’s warm and muggy outside; the current temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 6 MPHContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 14, 2021, or: Grief, the Weight of Memory, & Irreconcilable Differences”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, or: Pulling On Emotional Scabs…Again

Greetings and salutations, Dear Reader. It is late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. It is a hot and muggy day, and it looks as though we are in a typical subtropical summer weather pattern. The current temperature Is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 63% and theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, or: Pulling On Emotional Scabs…Again”