Monday, March 14, 2016


In a few days
I will be going on stem cell therapy.
Here in Mexico.
I have 2 cervical discs
And 2 lumbar discs
Suffering from stenosis
a.k.a. pinched nerve.
The stem cells are given by injection.
And, as the doctor said
The stem cells will find what needs fixing.
Well, she didn’t use those terms
But you get the idea.
The doctor also said
“There are two things you can’t drink:
Coffee and citrus juices.”
No biggie, right?
No wait!
Giving up citrus is one thing…
But Coffee????
If you’re not a coffee drinker.
Than you perhaps you don’t understand…
Besides the caffeine withdrawal
There’s the whole ritual of coffee
Coffee is how I start my writing day.
And I’m not alone
See for yourself.
Some writer's thoughts on coffee.  

"Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it's something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup" -
Gertrude Stein 

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion, ideas begin to move, smiles arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle."  

"It was a pleasant cafe, warm and clean and friendly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weathered felt hat on the rack above the bench and orderd a cafe au lait. The waiter brought it and I took out a notbeook from the pocket of the coat and a pencil and started to write.
Ernest Hamingway.  

"It is inhumane, in my opionion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait inline behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet then when seriousl heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles."  
Dave Barry 

What about you?
Are you a coffee fiend/fanatic/fan/addict?
What's your brew?
Do you prefer another beverage when writing?



Me on my September roadtrip
in Veracruz, MX holding 
bags of Havana Blend coffee. 
Veracruz is a major coffee producing 

Thursday, March 10, 2016


My sister and her husband came for a visit
It was wonderful!  
While they were here
It rained a little, was cloudy some
But mostly, the sun shone
However, every day the same question
What’s the weather gonna be?
I don’t know,” I’d say, “look outside.
But they were bothered
Kept checking their weather aps.   
I told them
I live 23 miles south of Playa del Carmen
And 105 miles south of Cancun
So the weather between here and those places
Can be very different than what’s on your ap.
Relax, I said
You’re on vacation; enjoy being unplugged.
Our excursions included beaches & cenotes
Shopping, eating, and just major fun
Always though, when we came back home
On went the TV to a U.S. news channel  
Or the obsession with Facebook and emails.
Relax,I said
You’re on vacation; enjoy being unplugged.
And I had to keep redirecting the conversation
Away from U.S. politics.
And comparing the U.S. culture to here in Mexico.
This is not the U.S. I said
They do things differently
And it’s OK, it’s their country.
*  breathe  *  breathe * breathe *
I told myself.  
They’re new to paradise.
What about you?
Do you take your same mindset 
Wherever you go 
To a new or different place, setting, or country?
Or can you embrace the difference
And really unwind, relax and unplug
Not only your electronics
But your mind?



Friday, March 4, 2016


Every story has a character 
That you like
You want good things to happen to them
If they're faced with adversity or obstacles
You have sympathy for them 
And pray they overcome whatever they have to. 
Or if you can identify with the character
You'll have empathy for them.
That’s a rooting interest in a nutshell.
If the story is in a book
And if you don’t like how it’s going
You can flip to see what happens
Or quit reading altogether.
And if it’s a movie
You can turn off the TV
Or walk out of the theater.
But when you have a real life plot
Scurrying right in your own house
A mouse in this instance
You have to deal with it
There's no page to turn
No TV to turn off or theater to leave.
So you either have to clean up blood and guts later
Or find the damn thing and
Capture it and throw it back outside.

                  The plot thickened 

I had to ask myself
Who am I rooting for here?
My cat who I love so he can have a snack?
Or the shaking mouse staring down at death?
I mean
Why would I care about a mouse?
I didn't know this mouse
I had no emotional bond with it.
But I did care. 
Because he was smaller?
The under-dog? 
Because he was cute? 
Naw, my cat is cute too, see?

Ultimately I felt sorry for the mouse
I put my cat in the bathroom to prevent a ruckus 
Captured the mouse and put him outside.
The things we do for love, eh?

What about you? 
What rooting interest qualities
Do you give your characters?
Do you plot/plan to make sure they have one?
Or does it happen organically?


Indie, my muse who every other day brings in a mouse, rat, bird, bat, snake, lizard, or squirrel, and yup I've either had to clean up their guts or capture them. Oh, the fun never ends folks!