On Poetry: ‘Where Time’s Winds Blow’

I rarely write poetry. I am, first and foremost, a writer of prose, with a side dish of screenwriting added for good measure. Poetry is a genre that I don’t tackle much because I always feel like, “Nah. This is drivel. It doesn’t sing.” In today’s parlance, poetry, my friend, is not in my comfortContinue reading “On Poetry: ‘Where Time’s Winds Blow’”

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: Of Names and Songs

Many years ago, when I still lived in Miami, Florida, I wrote a short story which was both a coming-of-age tale and also a look at an older man who must re-examine his youthful choices after a tragic incident kills his high school “crush.” As Reunion’s summary reads on the back cover and on itsContinue reading “A Writer’s Tale: Of Names and Songs”

A Writer’s Tale: A Brief Discussion of Characters in ‘Reunion’

In the summer of 1998, I wrote a short story about a man, his best friend, and a woman who died. Because I wrote the story around the same time that South Miami High’s Class of 1983 held its 15th reunion – an affair that I did not attend because I could not afford theContinue reading “A Writer’s Tale: A Brief Discussion of Characters in ‘Reunion’”