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A published author enjoying married Texas bliss. Dog person living with cats. A writer of Henry James' stories. Featured In MuckRack. Top Writer In Fiction.

A Writer’s Life

A life spent writing is a cautionary tale

Look me in the eyes and tell me I’m sane — Image by LeeLucy on Pixabay

Sipping coffee this morning, the one cyclic thought I had on my brain was that I must be crazy to think I can sit down each day and write something that will make enough money to survive.

So far, I haven’t, but it’s not just the lack of funds that…

The Human Condition

Not everyone wants to jump off the cliff

If everybody jumps, that doesn’t mean I have to — Image by Free-Photos on Pixabay

I can’t count the number of times on both hands and feet (I have all of my digits so far)that my parents used logic when I asked for something all my friends had.

“If everybody jumped off a cliff, would you?”

In those days, I probably would have. Like mythical…

The Human Condition

Leaning in on false narratives

I am what you see I am — Image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay

Nowhere will you find proof that I produced the following quote, but it seems to be relevant lately. Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one, and most of them stink.

While there’s plenty of blame to go around, I believe social media plays its part on a grand scale by…

The Human Condition

Continuing to sweep things under the rug

If we continue to deny its existence, does it exist? — Image by John Hain on Pixabay

Fear not, my friends, the sometimes not-so-subtle art of denial continues to thrive in almost every corner of America these days. …

The Human Condition

Sometimes you have to throw a change-up over the plate

Most of us aren’t there yet — Image by Shlomaster on Pixabay

It’s been a rough couple of years for all of us since The Thing happened. We’ve witnessed multiple iterations of crazed lunacy, and perhaps some of us may have even participated in a little of it.

Crazy or not, our perspectives of normalcy have shifted so far to the right…


How To be your own worst enemy

Stepping on it big time — Image by John Hain on Pixabay

When sensitivity training and cultural awareness training become the societal norm, it should speak volumes about how sadly public opinions about things have shifted. However, as I’ve been lamenting lately about how screwed up our situation is, I thought I’d give lightening things up a try.

Official disclaimer: This is a satirical humor piece (or at least my version). I don’t believe I harmed any Humans in the making of this piece. At least I don’t think this piece will harm any Humans. You haven’t read the article yet, so there is that.

When you think sensitivity…

The Human Condition

Two presidents who tried to win at all costs

Doing whatever it takes to win — Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Pixabay

Anyone who has participated in organized sports has, at one time, listened to a coach’s game day pep talk. Whether it was Knute Rockne’s “win one for the Gipper” or Vince Lombardi’s “Winning isn’t everything. …


Clawing my way back to a more humorous side

I’d get there faster if they hadn’t removed my front claws — Image by Юрий Сидоренко on Pixabay

Back in the day, when I wrote some seriously funny shit, I wrote, well, some seriously funny shit. While many of you weren’t amused, I, at least, got a few self-satisfying chuckles and snickers from some of my humorous attempts.

Me: smoking the ubiquitous after sex cigarette. “It was great…

The Human Condition

Lies told to maintain a status quo

Some choose to believe the unbelievable — Image by Mohammed Matar on Pixabay

You don’t have to search too long or look too hard to find it. Daily it happens, and each day a lot of us recognize it for what it is — intentional hypocrisy. I’m sure many of our legislators don’t like the label…

A writer’s Life

Applying the KISS principle

KISS — Keeping It Simple because I’m Stupid — Image by OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay

For most of the weekend and again this morning, while drinking a few cups of coffee, the KISS principle continued to whirl about in my brain. Keep it simple stupid, keep it simple.

Keep what simple?

My life, my finances, my writing? Ultimately the answer became apparent after the fog…

P.G. Barnett

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