Hi, I'm Rod. And this is Writer's Storm.

I think of this storm as a situation of severe trial, one in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. Your writing process might be a stream of consciousness, or perhaps a template inspired by The Heroes Quest, Dramatica, Save The Cat, or an uncomplicated  nod toward Aristotle. Whatever your process, the challenge always begins with the "Storm"... The life you lead, the books you've read, the experiences you encounter, all create a perspective, a frame of reference, whereby the writer assumes a voice and meaning. The "Storm" cooks these elements into story. This is my storm... Below is an audio sample:

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On these pages you will find a blog on the Writer's Storm, and sample stories from my storm. I invite you to read and comment. If you like the sample stories, collections in our store can be downloaded for a small fee to sustain this site. Two novels will be arriving by the end of the year: A Devil's Gut, and Pentimento.

My creative work also includes performance, and I invite you to visit a my website devoted to the iconic Scottish designer Donald J. Ross. I frequently appear at his Pinehurst, NC, inn for private parties and performances of the one-man show "And I'll Not Fail Golf.
The Blog
Writing about writing and anything else that is relevant to the writer's world.
Sample Writing
These are sample stories created from my storm. Please read and comment.
The Storm's Store
If the samples stimulate interest, collections of stories are available at the Storm's Store.

London Has Fallen

I watched London Has Fallen on Netflicks when an impulsive moment seduced me to watch a movie with dinner last night, since I was “Home Alone”. Images can have a dizzying impact, tipping our equilibrium. It is amazing how some images unleash connecting thoughts in a frenzied rush, or eruption. (I almost said ejaculation, but […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Dissimulation 2016

The election of 2016 – dubbed Decision 2016 – is and has been a perplexing event, frustrating my sensibilities, angering my even-tempered disposition, and at times paralyzing my brain. Dissimulation 2016 is more appropriate.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

The Root of All Calm

Cupboards slamming are always a reliable sign that Frank is angry. The coffee cup rattling in the sink is an equally accurate barometer. The only thing preventing the complete destruction of the phone in his hand was the tiny internal voice reminding him that his new smart phone cost over six-hundred dollars. The chill was […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Extra Innings

Not much had changed; that alone was amazing. Sure, things were fuller, greener, a trifle larger; but everything still looked like home. My memory’s fullness was enhanced by the fullness of years. My car paused at the foot of the driveway as I scanned the entire property and recalled fond memories of growing up while […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Pimento Cheese and the Duke

“It’s a very simple question, son. Have you tried it?” The old man could be maddening with his off-topic filibustering. Even worse, he never seemed to emerge from beneath the car he was under. The old man was a mechanic; the station had been in business for thirty-some years. His father had seen more than […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

The Blovian Experience

Blovian, North Carolina, is a small town bounded by speed limits of fifty-five miles per hour both north and south of its own forty-five mile per hour limit. There are no traffic lights and there is but one significant crossroad within the three-quarter mile Blovian township. The town’s police force was recently doubled, from one […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

Getting Hurt – Yes!

GETTING HURT IS NOT ALL THAT BAD Yes, that’s true. Getting hurt is part of living, and the resultant healing the MOST natural evolution of life – which goes to the idea of balance in life. This is critical for writers or anyone who is contemplating a redesign of your life. THERE IS A PERFECT […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->

When Is a Story a Story?

When an audience of some form says yes. That’s an obvious answer, but not always embraced for its veracity. Let’s extend this line of thinking: when is a writer a writer? When he writes; or when an audience of some form says yes? This leads me to a perplexing commentary written in a post by […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on wp_trim_excerpt --> <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on wp_trim_excerpt -->
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