You're better off going to my education blog, (; this blog is suffering from lack of maintenance.


The February 2006 edition of National Geographic Magazine has a cover story devoted to love. It begins with a short-short story of the author’s wedding day. Lauren Slater does a great job with narrative and description, really throughout the piece but particularly with that beginning story. That’s what made me think of writing some short-short stories. I’ve thought of putting together a short story collection for a long time, but all I keep writing are these really brief beginnings of things. Writing a story much longer than 2 or 3 pages seems daunting and I never get much further. If I take those beginnings and tighten things up a bit, I’d have a fair amount of short-short stories and… Anyhow, here’s today’s effort.
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Walter And The Amazing Pipes

My bathroom sink sits, draining terribly slowly. This happened quite suddenly and right now I can’t even hear the faintest whisper of the water swirling down the drain. I’ve tried the plunger and some microbiotic drain cleaner that’s always my first defense. Nothing’s happened. I started to wonder what I would do if I could never unplug it. What if all my drains were stopped up? What if I couldn’t find a plummer? This beginning of a story popped into my head shortly after that.
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Move Along; Nothing To See Here

You’re better off going to my education blog, (; this blog is suffering from lack of maintenance. I have, however, managed to update how I am filling my spare time and some items that are noteworthy, so have a look.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written for this blog. For a while there, I was trying to write for at least 3 blogs at the same time, each of them devoted to a different area of interest. This blog was supposed to be the place I could post little bits of creative writing. I haven’t been doing that much (neither the writing nor the posting), so this blog has become obsolete. I won’t delete it though because, despite the incredible amount of comment spam I receive here every day, I have hopes that I will sometime come back to this space to start posting creative things (I’ve written a song or two since July and maybe I’ll post those here). In fact, composing this post gives me the idea that I should use this area again.

On The Front Page

I’m on the front page of two sites! Well, I was on Thursday, July 7, 2005.

I wrote another three-part series about the public education system over on Bayosphere (my first attempt at this is over on my education blog), staying up late into the night to pound out my thoughts on the keyboard. All three parts were initially in one post, but it was terribly long.

Dan Gillmor, formerly of San Jose Mercury News and now of Bayosphere fame, took note of my articles and put a teaser on the Bayosphere home page (link to the archived teaser). Additionally, School Information Systems must have seen my series and included links to all three parts on their site.

I don’t think I’ve ever been the “lead story” on two sites in one day. It’s strangely gratifying.