Day by Day, by Denise Ruttan

You have thought about death a lot lately. Not in the same way that you used to think about death, as if it were an existential threat. Those times that you do not tell anyone about when you would sit in traffic waiting for the red light to change to green and you think aboutContinue reading “Day by Day, by Denise Ruttan”

New art in shop and new gallery on 500px

I have been struggling yet again with social media, all platforms, really. I have been feeling lately, yet again, like rage-quitting them all. Watching the behavior of others in this pandemic is really upsetting and stressful, and I see it more on social media. I’m trying to focus on the positive instead, like less timeContinue reading “New art in shop and new gallery on 500px”

My first impressions of the Kindle Paperwhite

My new Kindle Paperwhite arrived in the mail yesterday and since I have had a chance to play around with it for a few hours last night, I thought I would share my first impressions. I decided on this e-reader ultimately, even though I knew it would lock me into Amazon, because as I lookedContinue reading “My first impressions of the Kindle Paperwhite”

Ebook Review: Champion of the World by Chad Dundas

My library is closed during quarantine, appropriately so, and I realized I could be spending a lot of money on books if I didn’t start trying out ebooks. So I downloaded the app cloudLibrary on my iPhone, entered in my library card information and started checking out books on my phone. This was a novelContinue reading “Ebook Review: Champion of the World by Chad Dundas”

Flash Fiction: Yearning for Water

I present to you another piece in my series of unrelated flash fiction pieces. All photography is shot by me. “Yearning for Water”  Story and Photographs by Denise Ruttan Kyra Bartleby emerged from the water, her skin icy at the sudden shock of air. She sat at the edge of the swimming pool and dangledContinue reading “Flash Fiction: Yearning for Water”

Flash Fiction: “Faery Dust”

I am going to be writing a series of flash fiction pieces to improve my chops to get ready to submit some for publication. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the shorter the work of fiction, the easier it becomes; because short fiction is hard and flash fiction is some of the hardest ofContinue reading “Flash Fiction: “Faery Dust””

A few tips to take better photos from just your phone camera

Many people have more time on their hands now and want to learn new skills. Perhaps this is you and you’d like to improve your photography knowledge. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an expensive camera to take good photographs; you just need a basic understanding of light and composition. A camera is justContinue reading “A few tips to take better photos from just your phone camera”

Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I have not kept up with my goal to blog daily, sadly. The truth is I’m devoting more of my time to writing fiction. I came up with an idea for a contemporary novel that is semi-autobiographical, exploring my manifesto on the arts, and I’ve been spending much of my time ruminating on that. NotContinue reading “Book Review: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty”

Book Review: Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett, MD

I will be the first to admit that it took me some time to get into this book — Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett. Usually by about page 50, I know whether to give up on a book. Even if the first few pages don’t capture my attention immediately, IContinue reading “Book Review: Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness by David Casarett, MD”

An Eerily Empty Photo Walk in Salem, Oregon

I have no words for today’s blog post; I hope to speak to you instead through pictures. But I will introduce this post first. I live in Corvallis, Oregon, and commute to work in Salem, Oregon. Every week, I indulge my love of street photography. It is a reflective exercise, in a way, as IContinue reading “An Eerily Empty Photo Walk in Salem, Oregon”