Archive for September, 2010

September 29, 2010

“Late Night Waitress,” a short story related to my novel, Blues Pizza

My story, “Late Night Waitress,” is related to my novel, Blues Pizza. It made the rough draft but got left on the cutting room floor . . . to be picked up and then recycled into its own character study. It is available in PDF form at the Wilderness House Literary Review website: http://tinyurl.com/2enhzwn

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September 21, 2010

Tardy Son Synopsis (Novel #4)

Tardy Son synopsis: (Manuscript now complete . . . Yay!)
When a 12-year-old California boy’s attempt to run away from his abusive home is thwarted, he defies the police, and wages war against his father. His first attempt to escape by jumping onto a freight train bound for San Francisco becomes an odyssey. He wants to start an imaginary baseball team, go to an imaginary school, and become a real writer. But when cornered by the police and angered by the lies his father tells the newspapers, he uses his wit and humor to fight back and publishes his own side of the runaway story which becomes infamous throughout California. “Two crazy people are better than one,” he says. He writes his day-to-day story for his teammates, his girlfriend, and his father to read. When he finally faces his father again, his anger draws blood, yet it also reveals a deeper story. He’s a polio survivor and a Mexican adopted by a white family in the 1950s, so his fight for his truth becomes more than a struggle to survive life on the street—it becomes a struggle to find his own identity.

September 14, 2010

Joe Island in her mind

My sister, Anne, just after she finished reading Joe Island (set on a Greek Island) said she felt inspired to go to the beach. Luckily for us, she took her camera.
It’s a gray day for you? Go to the beach anyway. Can’t get out? Try this: http://tinyurl.com/39atz36

September 12, 2010

Photo of Words

Here is a photo of a page in a book that speaks of the importance of stories. The photo is by Anne Abrams. The link to her photos is on the home page of this blog.

Book about the importance of stories

September 4, 2010

Tardy Son Synopsis

When a 12-year-old California boy’s attempt to run away from his abusive home is thwarted, he defies the police, and wages a war of words against his father. At first he escapes by jumping onto a freight train bound for San Francisco. He wants to start an imaginary baseball team, go to an imaginary school, and become a real writer. But when cornered by the police and angered by the lies his father tells to the newspaper, he uses his wit and humor to fight back and he publishes his own truth for his teammates, his girlfriend, and his father to read. He’s a polio survivor and a Mexican adopted by a white family in the 1950s, so his fight for his truth becomes more than a struggle to survive life on the street—it becomes a struggle to find his own identity.

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