something about words…

Dragon_LeontineThere is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.

Enthraller: Diane Setterfield
Image: Dragon by Leontine Greenberg

Doing: Yesterday there was no drama.  Coffee was pretty good, no bells ringing, alarms going off, fires needing to be put out, all in all it was a good day.   Until, after work when this cute dude – in the store I stopped at – decided he’d have a go.  Try being professional, polite,  and considerate when someone just won’t take ‘no’ for an answer and wants to carry my bag of Glenlivet to the car.   As, if…


i love…


Image: found at Imgrum

literary agents: Ellenberg

Close-up of female and male handshaking over workplace with business documents

The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents

Looking for: 

Commercial fiction: thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy, and general fiction.

Literary fiction: must have a strong narrative.

Nonfiction: current affairs, history, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography and memoir.

Will review other genres and topics as long as the material is for a trade or general audience and not scholarly.

They do not represent poetry, short stories, or screenplays.

“We accept unsolicited manuscripts and seriously consider all submissions, including those from first time writers. ”

Submission Guidelines


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Above all, good luck!

writing prompt 17.5.19

Snake pulled out a silk hankerchief and wiped the droplets of blood from his face.

“…bu… but… you’re the bad guy?”

Stuffing the piece of cloth in his pocket, the soiled knife in his boot he crooked a smile at the small boy shaking in sorrow next to the body of what had been their hero.  “The universe is a gambler, kid” he straightened tugging his coat lapels closed, “a pair of dice, a dog’s throw, and today,” Snake stepped over the cooling body “the bad guy wins.”

writing prompt: 17.5.13

‘Right this way, Sir’

‘Whoa, wait a second’ the boy’s backpack hit the floor.  ‘That’s a clothes dryer?’

‘Yes Sir!’ the driver’s chest puffed impressively, ‘We travel on only the best.’

writing prompt 17.5.6

“The brakes aren’t working!” Jed stomps a pedal that slides without resistance to the floor, “Sid?”

“I know.”

“The brakes…”

“I know! Give us a minute, I’m channeling my MacGyver”

not really an answer…


“Where do you live?”
Adam’s mouth was very set. “A place made for leaving”
“That’s not really an answer.”
“It’s not really a place.”

Image: wallpapertopfree
Conversation: Maggie Stiefvater

Doing? drinking a hot toddy, and considering redoing my small office.

I’ve been unable to write for a few now.  It just will not come. The imagination is cold un-rev able, like a car when it needs a new battery.   click. click. click….

UGH!!  Frustration has me in knots.

bruised with ink…


I love working with my hands. My writing is rough, my paper bruised with ink stains.

Quote: Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic, Bauvard
Image: Shutterstock

Doing: working, imagining, thinking, watching…   Writing.

a single word….


“Well, that’s it.” I said after we had waited for another five minutes and found ourselves still in a state of pleasantly welcome existence. “The ChronoGuard has shut itself down and time travel is as it should be: technically, logically, and theoretically…impossible.”

“Good thing, too,” reply Landon. “It always made my head ache. In fact, I was thinking of doing self help book for science-fiction novelists eager to write about time travel. It would consist of a single word: Don’t.”

Sage Advice: First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde
Image: Xetobyte at Deviant Art

parable of the tiger cat…


There was once a tiger-striped cat. This cat died a million deaths, and lived a million lives, and in those lives, various people owned him. None of those people he cared for. This cat was not afraid of death. One life, the cat became a stray cat, which meant it was free. And it met a white female cat. They became mates, and lived together. Time passed, the white cat passed away of old age. And the tiger- striped cat cried a million times. Eventually, the cat died again. But this time, it didn’t come back to life.

Excerpt: Keiko Nobumoto

Feeling: exasperated..
Doing?  waiting…  waiting… waiting..   what is it about queues?