It’s all in the arrangement

Hi everyone,

One of my favorite pictures is the one Jeff took of me sitting atop a large boulder in the sand on a beach not far from Cannon Beach in Oregon. I’ve shown it to you numerous times over the years.

The other day when Jeff and Jennifer were walking that beach they discovered that the segments of the rock have tumbled onto the beach, victim, we suppose, of high tides eroding the sand below it.

These large boulders are impressive, but nothing like they were stacked in the specific way that made them stand out from all the rest of the outcroppings along the beach. Makes me think of words, each good alone, but at their best when a writer figures out how to put them together to achieve the greatest effect.

Arranging priorities

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was a good day for finding ideas. The first came while watching a taped segment of Saturday Night Live. It’s not really an idea for a story but a way to tell a story that appealed to me. I’ve tucked it away until I think of a way to use it. The second came from reading the newspaper. I think I’ll get a book going based on that one. Earlier in the week I was reading about a subject I’m working on with Charles Ghigna and stumbled across a somewhat related idea that also appeals to me.

I don’t know when I’m going to have time for any of these new thoughts. I still have one that came from kidding around with Jeff last time we were in Florida together. Jane Yolen and I have the beginning of a collaboration waiting for us to both have time to finish. On the flights to and from New York I decided to rewrite my middle grade novel with a desert setting and know how I’m going to do it so I’m eager to get back to that one. I still have a few poems and texts to write for my book with Laura Robb and any day now Mary Jo Fresch and I should hear back from our editor and learn how much tweaking, if any, he’s going to ask us to do.

Over the next few weeks I have a lot of traveling to do so it’s going to be hard to put together a lot of time in useful blocks. Writing on planes is never as practical as sitting here at the keyboard in my pajamas. Sooner or later I’ll get to all these priorities but for now I’m struggling to put them in the best order.

I’m back

Hi everyone,

I’m grateful to son Jeff for getting me back in the blog business. The problem was, as usual, something simple. The solution was, as usual, something I couldn’t fix on my own. Thank you, Jeff!

Last night before bed I jotted down five things I need to tackle today, then got up after I went to bed to add a sixth. Off we go into a new week. Let’s see what it has in store.

It’s a Weber!

Hi everyone,

A long time ago the wolf became a dog and the dog became a hairless Chihuahua. Just so, the bold hunter of old discovered fire and fire led him to beaming with joy to receive this splendid gift for Father’s Day. With love and thanks to Robin, Tim, Jeff, and Jennifer. Throwing spears never suited me anyway.