• taking the ekphrastic challenge
    Challenges

    Taking the Ekphrastic Challenge

      A year ago I saw the phrase “ekphrastic challenge” and had no idea what it meant. Since then I’ve entered more than a few ekphrastic challenges and hope you do too. My first was at Rattle.com.…

  • cemetery challenge poetry
    Poetry

    A Walk Amongst the Stones

      A recent visit to the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery (in San Diego, California) inspired this poem. Whenever I go there I’m struck with how many thousands of lives are gone – – and what stories they…

  • On Writing

    How To Find the Heart of a Story

    If you’ve read my blog posts: Anatomy of an Article, Parts 1 and 2, you’ll know I’m a great one for note-taking.  Take a minute and read those two posts, then come back and read this . I recently…