The inner opinion

Just had one of those deep scary gulps while thinking about writing tonight’s blog, one of those things a writer or other performance artist gets when they ponder their audience, and how much you want them to love you. Funny that no matter how deeply one craves and desires approval from The Beloved, you must […]


Filed under: Writing | Posted on August 30th, 2009 by LWIII | No Comments »

Vertiginous duality ~ or ~ The edge

Something about the artistic temperament loves an edge, a place to hang over so one can stare down into the horrid black-eyed abyss of nothingness and say neener neener. Came across a great quote from that one guy: Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall. ~ Salman Rushdie Art is […]


Filed under: Philosophical Brevities | Posted on August 28th, 2009 by LWIII | 6 Comments »

Advice to writers

The main focus of the dedicated writer, as any devoted scribbler will tell you, is to figure out ways to keep from writing. Twitter is excellent for that, as I have found out in the past couple of months. While on Twitter yesterday I discovered the perfect thing. Copy and pasting and mouse-clicking, oh yeah! […]


Filed under: Writing | Posted on August 26th, 2009 by LWIII | 4 Comments »


I got a link today from @DavidBTwit about Martin Strel, this guy who swam down the Amazon river, all the way.  Made me ponder courage and how much he has compared to me. Imagine hopping back into a river after your boys just had to pull you out because pirhanas were chewing on your legs. My […]


Filed under: Life | Posted on August 25th, 2009 by LWIII | No Comments »

A writers’ game

This is the story of the funnest writers’ game in all the land, even better than the dictionary game. It came about for me with my best pal Don Kraus, five or maybe even six years ago now, when for some godforsaken reason we started emailing one another back and forth as imaginary characters, he as the legendary Baron […]


Filed under: Writing | Posted on August 24th, 2009 by LWIII | 2 Comments »


Bye Hank. I am as changeless as the sea. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself for low these many years. I’ve been after the change goblin for a long long time, attempting to become someone acceptable to myself and others. I’ve tried to try to change, anyway, if sighing a lot and taking […]


Filed under: Life | Posted on August 20th, 2009 by LWIII | 10 Comments »

Pickens hits the bigtime

Well, folks, Hank here – Hank Pickens, again. Just wanted y’all to know it’s time for this lonesome cowpoke astronaut to head out on that starshine highway. Now you might reckon (since I’m an imaginary character, etcetera) that I ain’t got no feelins. That ain’t so. I’m plumb sad to be leaving this here blogville. […]


Filed under: Hank Pickens | Posted on August 17th, 2009 by LWIII | No Comments »

The Church of Absolute Unity

I was in Scientology for about a year, in the seventies of the last century. Don’t want to say anything bad about them or they’ll send their insane killer robots after me, so I won’t. But one thing that experience did was give me was the idea to invent my own religion. So I did. Called […]


Filed under: Spirituality | Posted on August 16th, 2009 by LWIII | 6 Comments »

What Postmodernism can do for you

As a quasi-intellectual (meaning I like to learn but ain’t that good at it) I think it’s about time for me to mention Postmodernism. I know, late as ever, since we’re already into Post-Post, from the faint rumblings that reach my cortex from smart people, but what the hey. I was introduced to postmodernism by […]


Filed under: Philosophical Brevities | Posted on August 15th, 2009 by LWIII | 6 Comments »

Comparing stuff

I wonder at myself – why when I compare stuff do I always have to compare it against the best? Why not compare it against the worst? It would sure make me a lot happier. It may be that addictive personality of mine, always trying to recapture the peak experience. Or I could be stupid. […]


Filed under: Life | Posted on August 12th, 2009 by LWIII | 2 Comments »

My body is a butthole

This is the story of how I learned that my body is a butthole. I was something of a chunky child, not hugely so, but definitely “big boned”. And, like many middle children, my older sibling was a golden child, lithe and sunny and smart. I was middling in many things, being middle and all […]


Filed under: Philosophical Brevities | Posted on August 11th, 2009 by LWIII | 8 Comments »

That thing

Tonight’s blog is going to be about that thing. I feel the need to post tonight but not sure what to write about, so I figured why not write about that thing? Everybody gets bugged about that thing. Thing is, what is it? Hmm…you know, I’m not sure, I may have to check with my butler. […]


Filed under: Fantasy | Posted on August 7th, 2009 by LWIII | 5 Comments »

Core Human Skills

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]


Filed under: Life, Quotes from Writers | Posted on August 4th, 2009 by LWIII | 3 Comments »

The joy of fear

There must be something good about fear. It’s really making a comeback on TV these days. National Geo and Discovery-type channels would run out of shows if there weren’t tornado, volcano, tidal-wave, planet-busting comet, out-of-control virus, earthquake, or sundry natural disaster topics. They need the Death, Doom, and Destruction channel. Something about us loves fear […]


Filed under: Life | Posted on August 3rd, 2009 by LWIII | 2 Comments »

More Patty O

Prose heaven. I love description and also the English countryside, so can’t help myself, have to post a couple more paragraphs from the master, Patrick O’Brian, out of the eleventh book, The Reverse of the Medal, in his 20-volume sea opus. It’s a great example of the value of specificity for a writer, as well as an […]


Filed under: Writing | Posted on August 1st, 2009 by LWIII | No Comments »



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