Santiago’s Snippet- Hospital Aftermath


Here’s a snippet from the chapter I just finished writing. Jacoby, my main character, was attacked the day before and his big brother, a cop, has just taken him home from the hospital.

‘His brother stepped away from where he’d been checking out all the windows and doors in the condo. He frowned at Jacoby’s light tone to his voice. “Quit acting like nothing’s wrong, Jack,” he grunted.

“There’s nothing wrong right now. I know you’re frustrated, but I’d just as soon put all this out of my mind. You want me to rest, right? So quit acting so serious. You look like Meaty-Fist McChimp, on his way to a goon convention.”

Colt glanced once more out the window, before at last he made an effort. He relaxed his shoulders and the crease between his eyebrows cleared. He chuckled. “I look like Meaty-Fist McChimp, huh? But this is nothing. You should see how I come across when I’m up against someone really obnoxious. We learn how to solid-up like this in cop school.”

“I’m terrified. No, go away, so I can hit the sheets.”

“I’ll be back later. Don’t forget to take your pain reliever before you go to sleep. Here, I’m taking two out the bottle and setting them by this glass of water. Don’t take four by accident.”

“Yes, mom.”

“Your concussion hasn’t made you that confused, I hope.”

“I guess you don’t look much like my Puerto Rican mother, now that I think of it.”

“Too tall?”

“Too hairy in all the wrong places.”


Once a Ponce, a Time



So here a few images of the beautiful city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, which is where my main character in the novel I’m writing is about to go visit. It is a coastal city and it’s nearby beaches, pearl white light, and powder blue skies are breathtaking.

I think, after seeing these photos that I MUST do closer study, so that I can describe the atmosphere of Ponce with more accurate detail. Husband, can we hop on a plane and visit Puerto Rico? You wouldn’t want to get in the way of RESEARCH!

Here is a video vlog I found of a young woman’s recent trip to Ponce. It’s cute, it shows where she and her family stop to get treats.

To Sail Away to Where?


Sometimes we want to sail away;

Leave troubles back to yesterday,

Off to lands we’ve never seen,

and the horizon wide and clean.

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Tucked into our own tidy berth;

Round windows glimpse the distant earth,

And ladies wear their evening gowns,

The ship’s hooves against the sea pounds.

~                   ~                     ~

Here you’re safe in your imaginary;

Threats of storms create adventuring,

Your soul is stirred by the wind in your face,

Leave the flotsam behind without a trace.

~                  ~                    ~

Onboard you go, and so to think;

Lights of home glitter and drift into the drink,

Should’ves and half-accomplishments chatter,

Impish dreams mix childhood into adult matter.

~                     ~                      ~

Here into the vast open-wide sea;

Lifespans reach for eternity,

Surfaces shift and bob under your feet,

Until the steadiness of land is sweet.

~                         ~                           ~

Then you can come home again;

Focus on life and family and friends,

Until at last we take the last journey,

Heaven’s shore in the distance gleams.