Author Archives: Gordon DeLand

About Gordon DeLand

Author, speaker, ex-Navy and ex-preacher and ex-several other things. Grew up in the wilderness of Madison County, New York State. Officially retired, currently residing Chicago but have lived on all four coasts and Hawaii. Maybe someday I'll retire back to New York. But not yet.

Happy Valentine’s Day! (and advertising works… sorta.)

Happy Valentine’s Day Today is that day some singles dread. I’m ‘single again’ and dread only the amount of sweets I see on sale tomorrow. I don’t need that temptation. And as for the ‘romance’ stuff… it looks too much … Continue reading

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“UpStairs” is Moving Again

Maybe that needs explaining. “Upstairs”, the sequel to Down Cellar, got put on a back burner when all the characters went AWOL from the Official Outline. They went on strike, because according to them, “that’s not the way the story … Continue reading

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Call for Help

A one minute story (takes just about a minute to read the whole thing) Thomasina? Sorry I missed you last night. Oh yeah… well it wasn’t exactly a date just coffee. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to …my phone … Continue reading

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The Discipline of a Shrunken Life

It’s not the thing we normally think of, to reduce our life scope. In moments of over-stimulation we cry for it but very soon we’re bored, feeling confined, or just unfulfilled. We want more. It’s a human thing, not to … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Writing for Income vs Writing for Pleasure

The first blog entry of the year is by my good friend Kenneth Cuccia. For the past ten years, Kenny has been both a sounding board and source of inspiration to me.  As a Middle School classroom teacher of writing, … Continue reading

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How To Get Better at Writing

The Question You’ve asked the question, been asked the question. “How you do get better at writing?”  We keep asking and still the answer seems to elude us. Worse, the reason for the question haunts us. The doubts that the … Continue reading

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Christmas Troll

It is a little disconcerting. He sits back on his haunches, arms wrapped around his knees, back close up against the lower branches of the Christmas tree. At first impression, he looks like he’s trying to blend in with the … Continue reading

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