Tuesday, November 27, 2012



This week's challenge: Using between 33 and 333 words, compose something that includes the third definition of the following word:



: lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false,meaningless 

I revisited the challenge from August -- to write the last 33 words of my book -- and then added the 33 previous words in September. Today I worked backward again with another entry of exactly 33 words (in bold). I enjoy the exercise of working backwards and seeing where the story takes me … in reverse.

When the verdict was announced, the whole gallery gasped. Except me. I sighed with relief. My expression of sorrow was as hollow as Sam’s explanation that he had committed this crime “for us.”

The bailiffs surrounded him. He removed his watch and that gold stud I gave him long ago and handed them to the public defender. He very nearly maintained his dignity despite the handcuffs.

Twenty months will grind inexorably by until it brings us to the next shared moment in our sad saga and when Sam is released from prison, Ill be there, waiting at the gate.

About the photo: Life Magazine makes a library of their archive images available for free to use for “non-commercial personal purposes."


Giving Tuesday

The holiday season is as important to the average charity's bottom line as it is to a retailer. And, just as Black Friday is the "official" start of the Christmas shopping season, so Giving Tuesday has been introduced to kick of the holiday charity season. As they say on the site, "We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?"

So today I'm sharing the joy of books. I'm dropping two children's books (Buddy Finds a Friend and Lightning McQueen vs. Francesco) into the bin for our building toy drive and sending a couple others to the troops c/o Operation Shoebox