Draft Pages 6.1

These are draft pages from a novel in progress written during my last semester at Long Beach City College. The events depicted take place in the seventies and early eighties in Washington, D.C. As always, the names have been changed to protect the guilty. …

Celebrating the 50th-anniversary release of Marvin Gaye’s Album What’s Going On

The Bronx (Image by PatternPictures from Pixabay)

“Oh, what’s going on (What’s going on)/Yeah, what’s going on (What’s going on)/Tell me what’s going on (What’s going on)/I’ll tell you what’s going on.” Written By Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson & Al Cleveland

What’s Going on?

I’m celebrating…

On June 8, 1972, a South Vietnamese plane accidentally dropped flaming napalm on South Vietnamese troops and civilians. The result was an iconic picture of children, including one young naked girl (Phan Thị Kim Phúc) fleeing the napalm.

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na·palm/ˈnāˌpä(l)m/ noun a highly flammable sticky jelly used in incendiary bombs and…

Remembering a day in American History: August 27, 1960

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

An Ax Handle is also called a haft. It has five parts, the Eye, the Shoulder, the Belly, the Throat, and the Knob.

All we wanted was to be served lunch. At the Whites-only lunch counter inside an F.W. Woolworth five-and-dime…

A tribute to five years of Community College

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Five years ago, in 2016, I made one of those life-changing decisions that you never thought would be life-changing at the time. I attended a workshop at the old Downtown Long Beach Public Library. It was on a whim; could I imagine…

The Science of Writing Lab: Where We Create Stories of New Worlds.

The following story is a work of fiction (Maybe). There are scenes of criminal passion and profanity (Get over it).

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

It seemed simple enough. I would be a lookout at the corner of 142nd and Willis Avenue. Hector’s…

The Science of Writing Lab: Where We Create Stories of New Worlds.

…A work in progress

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There is something about writing that frees one’s soul.

There is something about shouting from your mind through your fingers, tapping a keyboard, and letters miraculously appearing on the screen in front of you…

The Science of Writing Lab: Where We Create Stories of New Worlds.

Image by Darko Stojanovic from Pixabay

I was one of those who listened early on to the experts about this pandemic. I was 71 years old at the time, and yes, I was scared. While the POTUS of that time shuffled his feet and…

This is an edited work of fiction. The names and events have been changed to protect the guilty.

Writer’s Note: I am enrolled in Novel Writing 52A at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. The following is part of the opening of my proposed novel. Over the next…

Antonio Ruiz

The Science of Writing Lab, where the exploration of words creates stories of new worlds.

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