Category Archives: writing

ALMOST A DEAD MAN by Peter Nolan Smith – Chapter 1

CHAPTER 1 The blonde woman on the battered chair lifted her black stiletto heels in horror, as rats scratched across the basement’s damp concrete floor. Once the horde scurried into their lairs, she lowered her feet relieved by their passing, but rats were the least of her problems. A 40-watt bulb dangling from a rotting […]

A MOTHER’S LAST WISH by Peter Nolan Smith

After the last holidays of 2006 my mother entered the final stages of her battle with cancer. These last rounds were not a pretty site, but her beauty remained intact to the end. Several days after the New Year my mother held my hand and said, “I’m so happy I made Christmas.” “Me too.” I […]

Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block has beset writers for time immemorial. For some people the words won’t just come. They remained stuck in the head or the writer suffers a collapse of inspiration. I used to say that I only experienced writer’s block when my bank account dropped below $200, however this most recent lapse arose from several […]

More Is Not Necessarily More

A friend recently castigated my writing with the criticism that I was a sloppy writer. He was speaking the truth and I said, “My father always thought that I was sloppy too.” “You end up writing too much.” Dannett was editor for a famed newspaper’s obit section. “Sometimes more is more.” “I wish that you […]

Oh You Roue

‎ “The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Dorian. That is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness.” Lord Henry Wotton explains to a young Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde’s PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY