Tomorrow Factory

I finished the short story collection Tomorrow Factory by Rich Larson today. It was an excellent read with stories of varying lengths and subject matter. The story “An Evening with Severyn Grimes” brought me to this collection. I read it in Forever Magazine last week. Mr. Larson was generous enough to include a short background segment for each story. One of the inspirations for “Severyn Grimes” was the show Altered Carbon on Netflix. He nailed it. Altered Carbon came to mind immediately. Like the show, his story is violent, sexy, and cool cranked up to 11. Here are a few …

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A New “Problem”

The PCVI Summer Writing Seminar is set to begin this upcoming Wednesday. I’m excited. I have a new “problem.” For the first time when I’ve run a workshop or event, the demand is way more than capacity! The impending budget crisis in Rhode Island and possibility for less funding has caused me to modify components of the course, particularly the What Cheer Writer’s Club co-working membership. This is now one month for the students instead of two. Reducing co-working time gives us a little wiggle room in terms of the budget and has allowed us to add a few more …

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Forever Magazine

I read some fantastic Sci-Fi stories while I was out in Wisconsin. I subscribed to Forever Magazine, which is a “best of” monthly mag edited by Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld Magazine. None of the stories that I read in the July edition of Forever came from Clarkesworld. The stories truly are a “best of” curated by a fan and respected editor of science fiction. I have been digging back into Clarkesworld over the past month. The magazine strikes a good balance between literary, sci-fi, and length. Stories are customarily 30 – 40 pages on my Kindle or smart phone. I …

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Little Fishes

Carolyn and I recently returned from a week in Wisconsin. It was a low-key trip filled with a much needed visit with family and a breather from our swamped schedules back in Providence. Amid our time wrangling my two WWE Superstar nephews (6 and 2) back in Wisconsin, Carolyn and I took a peek at our favorite fresh water dive spot, Devil’s Lake. The lake has a max depth of about 60 feet. We tend to stick to shallower water, usually around 10 – 15 feet. Visibility is good at that depth…and…we get to play with our fish friends! We …

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Choices About Social Media

I remember the exhilarating experience of choosing my first email address, a Hotmail address, and thinking, “Wow, I’m truly connected to the world.” I still believe in the power of the internet. I love that my projects can exist online, and people from around the world can access them. I love that I can learn about projects and information that some person or group of people have compiled and tumble down a rabbit hole and get lost in their worlds. I’ve been thinking about social media lately. A few weeks ago, Carolyn and I traveled out to a remote part …

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Inner Harsh Has a New Home

The plot of yesterday followed a familiar winding and twisted plot arc for me. My day started with an update regarding the PCVI Summer Writing Seminar, where I stated that I was going to scan documents for the class website. That task was completed by 11 pm last night. I didn’t have 12 hours of scanning to complete, maybe more like 2 max. After I made my blog post, I decided to make a few changes on this website, one thing led to another, and several hours of tweaking later, I ended up with an entirely new look for the …

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Final Prep

All systems are set to go for the PCVI Summer Writing Seminar. Class begins on July 29. I’m in the final prep stage of the instructional design and Mark is recruiting for the class. We have twelve spots available for students, and as of July 11, eight of those are filled. I made a recruiting video up in Vermont a few weeks ago. It felt good to talk about the class in the video. I had spent the previous few weeks nailing down a lot of the Google Sites work. It’s been an fascinating journey putting this thing together. The …

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Grant Apps and Program Plan Submitted!

Phew! I sent off two grant applications for the PCVI Summer Writing Seminar. They were surprisingly different in format and focus. The first application was for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). They are very much focused on paying artists. So the grant app was more about the “Artistic” work being done. This ended up being primarily class prep time and hours to teach the class. The second grant application went out to the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Service (RIVETS). This application was focused more on the materials and website. I learned a lot about budgeting …

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RISCA Proposal

Mark and I are meeting with Todd Trebour from RISCA this afternoon for a final check on our RISCA application before we submit it. I think we’re in good shape, but I guess I’m biased as well! It feels good to have all the boxes filled and necessary documents linked. Completing the grant application also means further grant applications will not be nearly as scary. Yes, it can be a bit daunting, but really it’s a piece-by-piece process that requires a good plan, diligence, and good communication. We have one more grant application to send off to the Rhode Island …

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Holy Coronavirus!

Well then. Here we are at the beginning of April 2020. The world has been completely upended by COVID-19. I have a feeling we’re in store for more. I’ve had to make some decisions regarding the PCVI Summer Writing Series. I’m switching it to an online program. Unfortunately, I’m cutting out the co-working at What Cheer and the Frequency Writers workshop in this proposal. There is just too much uncertainty as to what will be feasible in the coming months due to quarantines and whatnot. I’ll pursue the objectives of integrating vets into the broader RI writing scene later on …

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