From the monthly archives:

June 2010

The Art of Language

June 28, 2010 — Hello friends! Here’s a treat for you: an inside look at the creative process from one of the most creative people I know. Stephen Parrish is author of The Tavernier Stones, a masterfully crafted story of a treasure hunt with memorable characters and fascinating details about cartography and gemology. Stephen also has one of the most entertaining blogs on the Internet at stephenparrish.blogspot.com, and he is sponsoring an online treasure hunt to win a 1 carat diamond!


The Art of Language
by Stephen Parrish

I grew up among artists who encouraged me to draw and paint; my room always smelled of turpentine and linseed oil and my pants were often streaked with charcoal dust.  Since I write visually—I first see the scenes in my head and attempt to record them faithfully—it was only natural that I come up with an approach to writing that paid tribute to all those canvases I sacrificed.

Legendary Commencement Addresses

June 22, 2010 — June is all about “commencement” and new beginnings. Here are some great commencement addresses:
Stephen Colbert at Knox College, 2006
Steve Jobs at Stanford University, 2005
Jon Stewart at the College of William and Mary, 2004

In addition, Kurt Vonnegut’s address to Lehigh University graduates in 2004 (which I can no longer find on the Internet) was amazing and served as the basis for many lectures during the last few years of his life, and while Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Seuss Geisel) gave a commencement address at Lake Forest College in 1977, more people are familiar with Oh, the Places You’ll Go, which still sells 300,000 copies every year at graduation time.

Add to those illustrious commencement addresses one given this year by John Rember, long-time creative writing professor and author of MFA in a Box, to be published later this year by Dream of Things. Read this address to the end, and you’ll see why many graduates and their parents were wiping away tears.

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010 — I posted this earlier this week on freelance-zone.com in the hope that it would help others who were searching for the right Father’s Day gift. I’m posting it again here for my Dad. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I’m glad you’re my dad. Love, Mike

For most of my 50+ years, I’ve tried to answer a seemingly unsolvable riddle that has plagued mankind for ages: What should I get my dad for Father’s Day?

I’ve figured out that we go through four stages of Father’s Day gift giving. There is the early stage, when your mother buys the gift and just puts your name on it. This stage usually ends around age eight, although

Update on Submissions – and a Holiday Story Deadline

June 4, 2010 — Hello Friends! I’ve said several times that had I known what I didn’t know about publishing, I never would have started a publishing company. But then I sit down and read the stories that people have submitted to Dream of Things, and I remember why I did it. I recently finished reading the 250+ stories submitted to Dream of Things in January and February. I loved your stories.