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Yam Stories

I recently figured out that I can never retire, because if I did I’d have no work stories to tell my wife. Me: And then I talked to this guy in the other department, and he said he had the same … Continue reading

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Talk to Michael

A coworker once told me a story that I’ve remembered ever since. He used to work at a software company that kept a life-size cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan in one corner of the office. When an engineer got stuck on a problem … Continue reading

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The Books Teachers Made Us Read

The older I get, the more I think our literature teachers were playing a long game. I remember some of the stories: Ethan Frome The Grapes of Wrath The Old Man and the Sea King Lear Seriously? How many teenagers … Continue reading

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Turn It Around

When a story I’m working on is boring or frustrating me, one way I’ll try to fix it is by changing it around. Change the protagonist from male to female. Change the point of view from the employee to the manager, … Continue reading

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Know When It’s Time

It’s strange to see how I’ve changed as a writer. I look back at my earlier work and think, what a funny silly guy. I can’t write like that anymore. It’s not me. I’m glad I wrote what I did when I … Continue reading

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The Endless Meeting

Have you ever been in one of those meetings that never ends because everyone keeps saying the same thing? How do you suppose that happens? I have a theory. I think most people like to talk more than they like … Continue reading

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It’s Brilliant (it’s awful)

I have the bad habit of rereading my own writing. Not for any useful purpose, but just because I like to. When I read something I’ve written I have one of two reactions. It’s brilliant! It’s awful. What’s interesting is … Continue reading

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Why I Like the Shower

My best ideas show up when I don’t try. They just magically appear. I really shouldn’t take credit for them because I have no idea where they come from. I have found that I get my best ideas in the … Continue reading

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