B Is for Behind: #atozchallenge

A story from my friend the high school business teacher: A student in her bookkeeping class asked what arrears means. Said the teacher, "It means you're behind." And twenty-five shocked teenage faces stared in profound silence. ***   I'm behind. Nothing new. I don't live a hurry-up-and-wait existence; mine is wait-and-hurry-up. The condition won't be … Continue reading B Is for Behind: #atozchallenge

A Is for Anne Tyler: #atozchallenge

Anne Tyler has done it again. The last time I wrote about her, I was in a snit. She'd killed off my favorite character halfway through the novel I was reading, and I was not happy. I'm writing this time because she's made me laugh. The book is Vinegar Girl, a retelling of Shakespeare's The … Continue reading A Is for Anne Tyler: #atozchallenge

Crawling Under the Porch

My most memorable Artist’s Date? I’m writing about it today at Ink-Stained wretches. It’s probably not what you think.

Ink-Stained Wretches

M. K. Waller

  • by M. K. Waller

Last week, Fran Paino described how family obligations can keep a writer from writing. My post describes an experience that happened several years ago. It’s similar to Fran’s–and at the same time, very different. 

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In her book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameronintroduces the  Artist’s Date–a weekly solo “adventure to feed the soul and allow for continued creativity.” In other words, artists–including writers–need to play. At a writers’ retreat in Alpine, Texas, author Karleen Koen led students through a whole week of play. Returning home, I vowed to incorporate the Artist’s Date into my writing life.

It wouldn’t be difficult. Central Texas affords plenty of places to play: Longhorn Cavern State Park at Burnet, lavender fieldsin the Hill Country,  the Elizabet Ney Museum, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and the Japanese Garden at Zilker Park, in Austin are…

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Moseying Around Huntsville, Texas

  In Huntsville, Texas last weekend for the screening of David's short film "Blood Bank" at the Prison City Film Festival. More on that later. For now, a highlight of our Saturday afternoon mosey around town: the Museum of Texas Furniture. The museum was closed, but we got some shots of the metal sculptures behind … Continue reading Moseying Around Huntsville, Texas

Emily Dickinson: Dear March – Come In

  Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — Put down your Hat — You must have walked — How out of Breath you are — Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me — I have so much to tell — I got your … Continue reading Emily Dickinson: Dear March – Come In

Just Like Audrey, Almost

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel de Cervantes Some consequences you can predict. Some you can't predict. Some you should predict but don't. It's the last of the three that'll get you. I had just read a brief bio in my memoir class and turned to leave the lectern, … Continue reading Just Like Audrey, Almost

Sit Down, Shut Up, and . . . You’re Invited

Some days I’m not the brightest porch light on the block. Last Saturday, for instance. For the story, read on . . .

Ink-Stained Wretches

M.K. Waller

by M. K. Waller

Friday evening David said, “Should I wake you at nine tomorrow?” and I said, “Why?” because I never know what day it is, and he said, “You’re going to Saturday writing practice at the Yarborough library,” and I said, “At the Yarborough,” and he said, “Yes, the Yarborough,” and I said, “The Yarborough, the Yarborough.

So the next morning I sat in the parking lot of the Twin Oaks library for nine minutes, until I knew it was open, because I didn’t want to wait outside and freeze, and at one minute after ten, I went inside and found the meeting rooms dimly lit and empty, and I said to myself, “The Yarborough.”

Then I considered what route I should take to the Yarborough: Lamar St. and be extra late, or Loop 1/MoPac and fight traffic. I decided on…

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This Emptor Should Have Caveated

  Nov. 26: Ordered quilt online; multi-cat design; not  quilt in picture, and not cat either Nov. 27: Received email confirmation; processing time 5-7 days; everything handmade and impeccably "sawn"; hoped quilt would be more impeccable than proofreading Dec. 1, 4, 7, and 8: Received emails re more quilts available for order Dec. 10: Received … Continue reading This Emptor Should Have Caveated

Jonas Jonasson: The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man

  I usually finish a book before sharing, but this one is such fun that even though I've read only six pages, I can't wait. The Daily Express (UK) highly recommends it, too. ***** Background: One-hundred-year-old Allan Karlson and his younger friend, Julius Jonsson, bored with frittering away the millions they brought from Sweden in … Continue reading Jonas Jonasson: The Accidental Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man

Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home

  Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these. ~ quoted in "UC's Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain," San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008 * That sort of interference in behalf of abused animals was a common thing with her [Twain's mother] all her life; and … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Mother: What We Have in Common–They Followed Us Home

Simone de Beauvoir: “The Subject Is Irritating, Especially for Women”

I hesitated a long time before writing a book on woman. The subject is irritating, especially for women; and it is not new. Enough ink has flowed over the quarrel about feminism; it is now almost over: let's not talk about it anymore. Yet it is still being talked about. And the volumes of idiocies … Continue reading Simone de Beauvoir: “The Subject Is Irritating, Especially for Women”

A Blogging Thing: My List of Uncompleted Resolutions

So Magaly Guerrero posts, "So, my Wicked Luvs, for our first week of doing this blogging thing with each other in 2019, I invite you to include 1 or 3 (even 13) of the New Year’s Resolutions you have made year after year after year… but have never truly completed." A couple of years ago I … Continue reading A Blogging Thing: My List of Uncompleted Resolutions

Mark Twain’s Mother

Her interest in people and other animals was warm, personal, and friendly. She always found something to excuse, and as a rule to love, in the toughest of them--even if she had to put it there herself. She was the natural ally and friend of the friendless. It was believed that, Presbyterian as she was, … Continue reading Mark Twain’s Mother