How to tell a story

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Friday, June 24, 2016

R.I.P. A Writerly Retirement. 2013-2016.

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The End

Having decided to archive this blog when I disappear into a retirement center, I see no reason to keep it going until then. This blog no longer has a purpose.

For new visitors, earlier posts share many thoughts about the writing life.

I haven't quit blogging or writing. But since I've lost all sense of having an audience, I don't see the point of remaining "in public."

Therefore, I disappear.

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Impossible dream

Getting the hell moved still feels like a task beyond our abilities. Talking to company that does this work for you.

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Trump on rise

US sees parallels with Donald Trump in Britain's decision to leave EU

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From Brexit to Trump

"Trump, if he is anything substantive, is a scream of defiance by white America — married, traditional, commercial — against the new multicultural and global country and world." Huffington Post

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R.I.P. Ralph Stanley

Bluegrass Pioneer Ralph Stanley Dies At 89

Spectacular vocal in O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where's Harriet?

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Mariners collapse

Lost 8 of 10, 5 in a row, dropped to third.

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End in sight

When we move, I anticipate ending and archiving this blog. If I start another, it probably would be anonymously. I want to disappear.

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In order of importance ...

1. get Harriet resettled for the long run, where I can live with minimum stress.

2. complete my disappearing act by turning the new environment into the only environment, including localized projects.

3. Optional. A posthumous experimental fictional work of some kind, aimed at future generation. Would need energy rebirth in new environment.

4. Manage my death so I decide, not the medical establishment.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I've grown to the realization that European football is a superior game to American football. More intense and engaging to watch, requires more athletic ability to play.

What makes American football American are more opportunities for commercials.

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I have an intense memory of my first officemate at PSU: beat down, weary, depressed, a retiring literary scholar, a John Dos Passos scholar. We got along because I am a great Dos Passos fan myself. But this great American author is forgotten and ignored today, on the literary trash heap. Now joined by my officemate, bitter, angry, that philistines had taken over academia.

It would get worse. Small d democrats would rule, turning literature into a part of pop culture. Yes, brain surgeons needed specialized skills - but not poets.

And now it's my turn ...

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Slow motion

My life crawls at a snail's pace toward change.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I got $80!

Free credits in your Amazon account? Apple pays up after price-fixing suit

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Nice west coast jazz on Alexa, dinner prep activity, nice earlier talk re moving, and once we are resettled, I think we have a shot at a few really great years. For me, it's a disappearing act, going underground, maybe a few small localized projects. Would love to meet a few kindred souls.

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I have H's kids on my side, trying to get us out of here ASAP.

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Not yet

Really hoping to "win" something in my old age so I can address certain arts and culture issues without being accused of sour grapes. One opportunity gone, I just learned. Two more still possible.

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Headline of the day

Miramonte's Ionescu, all-star game MVP, commits to Oregon


Best HS lady in country chooses Ducks!

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Patterson's BookShots

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.

"And now the author of popular thrillers — and children’s books and young adult novels and romances and mysteries — has launched BookShots , a series of short, cheap, plot-propelled novels directed at an audience more prone to reading smartphones than print. (Naturally , there is an app for it.)

“In this day and age, when so many people have decided to spend so much of their lives not reading books, I think to create a new habit for them is a smart thing,” says Patterson, 69, perched in the summer study of his Hudson Valley home, the room dominated by a sleigh bed where he reads and edits.

The trick? “I’ve taken the fat out of commercial novels,” he says. “In an awful lot of novels, there’s more in them than there should be.”

Not in these books. The sentences are simple and declarative.

And frequently double as paragraphs."


I had similar idea several years ago, of course, novellas based on the screenplay. See CineFiction. He's rich and famous. I'm not.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Salesman of the year

Indie retirement living a booming competitive industry. Our tour guide today got my attention with a gift: a collection of essays on aging by Donald Hall! Remarkable. Ends up she googled us, discovered I was a writer.

Not sure she made the sale, though it's definitely a finalist.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016


My late buddy Ger finally got the retirement situation he wanted and was so excited! He died 3 months later.

Hmm ...

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6 more to go

I've seen 2 I love, a bit far out for H but I'm working on her. 3 of 6 remaining great on paper. This can be done!

As impossible as it sounds, I'm shooting for October. Probably after first of year.

I'm going to turn into a film director living in a hotel! I need 2 actors, whom the camera loves. I'll find them.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Creative juices

... really flowing with ideas for projects at retirement center:

videos of personal stories of residents for youtube
make a movie there
readers theater, touring to other retirement communities

I'm assuming I can find a few kindred souls. One we saw yesterday already has theater group, done two plays.

Projects happening far out of the mainstream. Perfect!

Can't wait to get resettled.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Where's Harriet?

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Meat loaf

Great day! Found a place we both like ... Got tax return ... Nothing scheduled for tomorrow.

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Christmas at the Juniper Tavern

... will be performed in nearby Newberg in December. Great! Former grad student championed it.

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Monday, June 13, 2016


Hurting big time.

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Disappearing act

Man, I'm ready. The madness can get along without me.

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Trump is pathetic and dangerous

"...Suggests Obama May Be Sympathetic To Islamic Terrorism" -

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Quotation of the day

“Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.”
Frank Zappa

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2 this week, 4 the following, 3 the next.

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Home sweet home

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The skin of our teeth optimism

I thought you might like this story from The Washington Post.

"“These findings suggest that we need to move away from a conservation paradigm of protecting the earth from change to a design paradigm of positively and proactively shaping the types of changes that are taking place,” said Oxford’s Nicole Boivin, the study’s lead author. “This sounds scary, and it sounds very self-serving. But the reality is that there are 7 billion people living on an already heavily altered planet. It is a pipe dream to think that we can go back to some sort of pristine past.”

Indeed, Erlandson said that while human impacts have only accelerated, the research has given him an optimism that humans will find a way to deal with climate change, in part because societies have risen to almost every quandary that has come before.

“There’s a story of ingenuity built into this deeper time perspective,” he said. “Humans have over and over again met challenges in different parts of the world, and they’ve found ways to meet those challenges. Every generation has its challenges. But we have found ways to solve them.”

“No matter how bad we screw things up,” he added, “if we can find the collective will, we can overcome them.”"

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Burns on Trump

"Ken Burns May Have Given The Best Donald Trump Takedown Yet" -

Shocking how many under-estimate disaster of Trump presidency.

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From the Chronicle:

No Milky Way at night for one-third of Earthlings Los Angeles Times | 368 words Across the globe, light pollution is making the night sky lighter and the stars harder to see, according to a study. In a paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances, researchers reveal that one-third of people worldwide are unable to see the Milky Way when they gaze up at the heavens at night in their hometown. In addition, a whopping 83 percent of the world's population lives under light-polluted skies.

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Extraordinary interview

Vanessa Redgrave on why she was ready to die: ‘Trying to live was getting too tiring’

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

How Trump wins

"If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can't afford to be politically correct anymore." --Donald Trump

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