My first published story of 2011 is now available for Kindle readers. Vagabonds is a story of two brothers on a Greyhound bus. The distance they travel can’t be measured in miles; what they’re looking for can’t be found at journey’s end.
The first draft of this story was written in a class with James Baker Hall. Thanks, Jim. I’m glad the story is out in the world now. Who knows where it will end up, maybe with the vagabonds?
Their father handed them envelopes with “$” written on the front in blue ink. The oldest brother, Doug, stuffed the envelope in his front pocket. The desert sun glared, penetrating into the shadows and warming the exhaust filled air.
Their father put a hand on each of their shoulders. He said, “Don’t spend all of it at the first stop. There’s no way to get money to you. Don’t lose it.”
The Apache Junction bus terminal was modern with mirrored glass windows. Concrete walls trapped the desert [...]
This week marks the birthday of two of my favorite writers, Edna St. Vincent Milay (born 2/22/1892) and Anais Nin (born 2/21/1903). I appreciate Milay for her combination of free spirit and dedication to the sonnet as a poetic form. Likewise, I admire Nin’s openness to ambivalence and ability to articulate her experience in her diaries.
I’ve kept a diary for almost ten years. Daily journal writing is not only the foundation of all my writing, but is an essential component of my spiritual practice and my mental health and well-being.
Before I participated in my first creative writing class, I took up writing as part of a treatment plan for PTSD. Each week, my therapist asked me to write down my traumatic experiences. Between appointments I would read what I had written aloud to myself; at our weekly session I read the description to my therapist.
Reading and writing is especially effective for treating PTSD, because memory of traumatic events becomes associated with the deactivation of the speech center in the brain. [...]