Showing posts from October, 2011

Read The First Chapter

You can read the first chapter of my novel, The World In-between , at First Chap.  It's entirely free.  No signing up for anything.  No downloading anything.  Just click and read. The World In-between at First Chap Read more books' first chapters at First Chap

Smashing Pumpkins

No, not the band. Actual pumpkins being smashed. Pumpkins that neighbors have set on their front porches. Smashed into itty bitty pieces on the streets and alleys. I live in a typical small town. We have a Main Street with a round about. Every holiday a parade marches down Main Street. Veterans are celebrated and memorialized. Music in the park melodizes the summer. An annual street fair kicks off fall. Before winter ushers in a lighted gazebo and wreaths on every streetlight running along Main Street, pumpkin guts riddle the streets. Every October pumpkins are sold at the grocery stores, home improvement centers, farmers’ markets and of course, at the farms themselves. Those pumpkins are carved, skillfully or unskillfully, with faces and designs by adults and children alike. Candles are placed inside to eerily illuminate the ever-lengthening nighttime. At some point, those decorative pumpkins become fodder for someone’s (or more than one’s) destructive enjoyment. E