Here’s a warning. If you don’t listen, if you go around arrogantly making up dialogue for your characters, all of them will sound like you, and that’s one of the ways bad short stories and novels are written. (Also bad journalism, oddly enough. Because certain arrogant journalists make up their own quotes.) -CAROLYN SEE

App Idea

An app, using Google Street View API, that takes in a start & destination, then compile Street view images into a short video – sort of holding your hand for the trip. I know I navigate by landmarks, if I Can see these landmarks slightly ahead of time, I woudl be all good.

01-09-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact Long, contemplative walk this morning, made it past what Sandra and I call “The Will Smith Rocks” (A group of rocks that I met Will Smith, the actor at, it was anti-climactic, but he liked our Dog).  Was able to piece together how …

Think Small

Write about small, self-contained incidents that are still vivid in your memory. If you remember them, it’s because they contain a larger truth that your readers will recognize in their own lives. Think small and you’ll wind up finding the big themes in your family saga. -WILLIAM ZINSSER

01-08-2018 – Work

What I’m reading: Here Is Real Magic: A Magician’s Search for Wonder in the Modern World Got good writing done today, 1,700 words committed to electrons, 3 chapters edited (Cutting about 500 words, lets not talk net words, mmmkay?) Excellent hike today, Molly was enthusiastic, and the miles were easy. I rejoined facebook about 4 days …

Product Idea

Why has no one made the cereal bags ziplock yet?  This should be a simple design change – only reason I can think of is that cereal manufacturers really don’t mind if your cereal goes stale. Can anyone really open cereal bags the way the designers intend3ed?  I have yet to not tear those mothers …


Remember, they’re not making a big deal because they found out what was going on in Hollywood, They always knew. They’re making a big deal because you found out what was going on in Hollywood.

Sick Culture

What are the marks of a sick culture? It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn’t the whole population.

App Idea

Many people could use an app where you take a picture of your prescription and it makes reminders for you of when to take them.  Maybe you take a picture of the pill bottle, it pulls the frequency info from there.  Squirts that data into your calendar app?