• Inspirational Collections

    Productive Sessions

    The last week or so, my creative time has been rare. Partially due to sickness, a busy schedule, and a tired mind. A wise man and friend, our Pastor Denny Livingston, has taught me to know the season I’m in. He also taught me to plant for the next one. This is true in every area of our lives, including writing, or other area of interest. When I’m in a slump, I try to follow a three step process. First, no matter how small, I try to write my idea down. I may never use it, or I might use it in another form, but I’ve learned this. It has…

  • Writing Notes

    Alaskan Silver Artemis

    When an animal is running out of n the woods, being hunted by a ferocious wolf, something never occurs to that frightened creature. That, at home, this big fierce animal with vicious teeth, has a bigger, and meaner older brother. In Wynton’s case, the bigger and meaner Strand, was Artemis. Big brother Strand was over six feet tall, with steel gray hair and eyes. He trimmed his salt and pepper mustache, and wore the finest suits. The muscles underneath had experience though, breaking any man who stood in his way. They were different, in their approach, but equally cold blooded. Artemis wasn’t interested in politics, he built his own little…

  • Writing Notes

    More Than Enough

    The solidarity of love divine, even before man could comprehend it. Christ prepared to die so we could live. Hope’s birth meant the Savior’s suffering. Yet, in spite of the pain, Bethlehem was planned, so Calvary could happen. Why did it take The Messiah’s death? Because only a spotless life could span the gap. Sin had so blackened our record, that only Perfection could eradicate it’s stain. We rejoice because He was willing to shed, not mere tears, but blood for us. Only unconditional love, only a selfless God could, or would go that far. His willingness to pay the price, knowing the cost, is why we are in awe.…

  • Alaskan Silver,  Serials

    Alaskan Silver Calls To Action

    When men get anxious they can make slips, in St Louis’ business slips can get you killed. His was slight, but he knew it as soon as he made it. It was only two words, but it worried him. He had called to report the accident to his government contact. Procedure was to disguise it as a call to his insurance man, “Mr. Arthur Fields”, and most of the call went fine. Right until the end, when St Louis said goodbye Joe. He looked around the lobby of the hotel to see if anyone had heard. He wasn’t sure, but it worried him. St Louis didn’t make slips, he was…

  • Writing Notes

    Celebrate

      In the World War I era, men who argued up until the voting booth, fought in the trenches together.  From our first to our latest conflict, opposite sides have been brothers in arms.  Even after the terror of the civil war, men hung up their blue and gray, and carried the red, white, and blue together into the Spanish American War. Thomas Jefferson didn’t like Alexander Hamilton, and the feeling was mutual, but they helped found a free nation.  I’m not telling you whether or not to be angry or excited about your candidate.  Just reminding you that for over 200 years we’ve had the right to argue about it.…

  • Alaskan Silver,  Serials,  Writing Notes

    Alaskan Silver Storm

     Wynton liked conducting business at parties.  It caused his prey to be relaxed, and easier to manipulate.  He hated it when his plans were interupted, or thrown off completely. The party was set for the next evening, everything was in place.  Even the gifts were delivered early and at a special table.  Sometimes men’s plans are effected by the unexpected.  No one plans it, it just happens. During the night, a storm began. Lightning hit St Louis’ place, a fire started, and spread quickly.  Before they could put it out, the entire place was a complete loss. Wynton’s gift was up in flames. Edward’s carefully planned base of operations for…

  • Short Stories,  Writing Notes

    Pastel, Porticlese, And Plane Rides

        Sometimes we make assumptions. We assume that we know what to expect, and then surprises happen.  This silly little story, and it’s designed to be silly, has a point.  We discover at times, that what we thought was random and unproductive, turns out to be a very specific path to our future.  I hope you enjoy this little farce, and that it gives you a smile to go through your day.   Lilly Caruthers piloted a blimp. She traveled from New York State to Toronto every November. Once there, she would eat at her favorite restaurant, and shop at all the stores she liked.   Once finished, she would…

  • Alaskan Silver,  Serials

    Alaskan Silver Planning A Party

      While last week’s events were happening, St Louis was getting settled in his new place.  He was planning to open a small restaurant filled with music. The kind of place where people come to listen, talk, and make new friends. It was the perfect backdrop for his line of work, musician/supposed gun for hire/U.S. undercover agent.  St Louis had to meet all of his contacts in the same place, without suspicion.  This would fit the bill, and allow him to enjoy his Grandmother’s recipes every night. He figured he had a year and six months before the Pick Axe men wanted him to strike. So he had to establish his…