Category: ScatteredNotes

When A Turkey Is Not A Turkey

Hey you. Psssssst! It’s me. Remember me? Yeah, it’s been a while. Too damn long, in fact. Like they say, the only thing that time creates is more time. Well, they don’t really say that. I do. And I just

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FIGHTING CREEPING DEATH

“…The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”  ~Sylvia Plath It comes up from the screen, crawls across the back of your hand and waits. It’ll sit there, staring at the unsuspecting – you – until it decides it’s time. Tentacles

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Editing 101: WELCOME TO HEL

Editing is the most fun you can legally and ethically have. HAHAHAHAHA! I’m totally lying. Sometimes your writing just, well, sucks. That’s where the editing writing process comes in for the writer because, editing is writing. Always. They’re connected at

You Are Commanded To Write Thusly. Or Whatever.

Very recently I wrote The Writing Commandments For Self as a guide for writer self-preservation. It’s there for writers’ to stop beating themselves up over their writing. It got me to thinking, yeah, I do it on occasion. Anyway, thinking…

The Writing Commandments For Self

Nope. No one called out to me. I didn’t hallucinate after desert ‘shrooms. I didn’t hear a voice that may or may not have been there. I didn’t trek up some godforsaken mountain in the middle of the sun-scorched, swampass

20 Reasons Why You’re Writing Might Not Get Done

You’ve been watching the Olympics and now you’re thinking, yeah, I will look good in a swim brief. No. No you won’t. And, you’re welcome. Leave it to the athletic professionals. That’s not the only information I’m here to give.

The Constitution + Guns + Religion = Orlando Or Anywhere Else. Anytime.

Pick a spot on this Earth. There’s religion clasping its grabby little hands on the edges and poking its head around every corner. There’s guns, too. All sizes and types. There barrels at the aim. Triggers erect and ready for

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Writing With Confidence Because ALI

I had a different idea for this post. It was going to go in a completely different direction. Like a 360° spin, go back 360°, and then take a 180° and exit. But… Shit does indeed happen. With the passing

Will My Character Be Dead Without Agency? (And What The Hell Is Character Agency Anyway?)

I met with a friend the other night and we got to talking about events in one’s life perhaps changing as a direct result of altering one choice or decision. In essence, and metaphorically, the butterfly effect. Without the complete chaos

The Blank Page Can Suck It

The other day I wrote about The Process you can find it here. It got me to thinking and wondering, back off, I CAN do both, back to a college creative writing class where the prof had us write to

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