Archive for July, 2014

working titles

July 24, 2014

Perhaps the winning title is among those in this list.

(each followed by:  The X___ X___ Story)

All Her Life –

Hooked –

Bo-Bo –

Stepping Away –

Of North Beach –

Seven Hills, Plus One –

Silver, Ashes, Gold –

There Are No Words –

Ravelings –

Raveled Years –

Raveler –

The Raveling –

The Deaths –

Spoon and Flame –

All Life Breathes Together –

Aim, Fire, Repeat –

Works –

Hold Fast –

The Dash –

The Long Way ‘Round –

Second Helpings –


My favorite so far:  unhooked –  The X____ X____ Story


Someday, when this biography is in hardback and I’m rolling in dough, this list will fascinate me.

Today’s Goals:

morning: housekeeping, pay insurance;

afternoon: Transcribe Tapes (1/2 down, 12 to go)

Write On!




July 20, 2014


I scream for a life of Structure.

How do I make this happen?
I can make it happen, once –
which is not exactly, “Structure.” heh…

Structure is permanent Scaffolding. It holds our bits together.


It isn’t a matter of knowing what to do; it’s really all about when to do it.

Structure lessens decisions, builds inner trust. My inner trust.

Structure shortens our to-do lists.

My to-do lists are lies to myself. I create them in place of the Doing.

1. Treadmill 30 minutes every morning
2. Market on Tuesdays
3. Sort bills, papers as they arrive
4. Move through the house, wiping and sweeping an hour a day, every day
5. Quit Smoking
6. Read in the evenings
7. Shut off the world and Write after #1

Lies to Self. I’m drowning in them.

My mind drags itself on callused elbows across the desert sands pleading for the quenching flow of Structure.

Just click your heels three times, my dear, and think to yourself… “Structure is Everything.”

writing by the Up & At ‘Em philosophy

July 4, 2014

The early bird shall conquer the world.


July 1, 2014

Did you know that beginning in the late 1950’s, doctors in San Francisco considered methamphetamine a cure for heroin addiction?


oh, yes they did.


Methedrine was the brandname for methamphetamine, an injectable made by Burroughs-Well-come until 1963.


“Injectable Methedrine was prescribed for treatment of heroin addiction by a few San Francisco physicians and that created concern among San Francisco’s medical community and law enforcement.”