J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

When students asked, "Why do we have to read all this literature?" I told them it would help them to play Jeopardy. You never know when Alex Trebek will ask you a question. Since leaving the classroom, I've come up with other reasons. Here's one I wrote about back in 2012. * At HEB this … Continue reading J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

No, it's not the swimming pool. It's not the hot tub. It's not the gorgeous male trainers. It's the closed captions. Some machines at the gym have TV monitors attached so users won't become bored. A wise move. My first day on the recumbent bike, I said to myself, "Oh, pish-tosh! I don't need television. I have an … Continue reading A Secret Pleasure at the Gym

Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Below is a piece I originally posted, under a slightly different title, several years ago. I don't know why the text looks as it does, but it will stay that way until tech support and I find a remedy. I hope you will read and enjoy anyway. At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I … Continue reading Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Useful (Repost)

Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Important

At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I had, indeed, spent my last sou on a cup of coffee at Waterloo Writers, I ran my credit card through the scanner. The resulting screen read, Select Tender Type. Tender. Such a formal, old-fashioned word for this new-fangled device. It reminded me of the scene in which … Continue reading Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Important

Dull people

Only dull people are bored. ~ Adela Rogers St. John I've just begun a book about structuring the novel. So far I've learned that I don't know how to write my novel because I don't know the structure, and that, because only I know the story, no blueprint exists until I create it. I'm pretty … Continue reading Dull people