Sunday, December 22, 2013

If anyone out there knows how to establish a legitimate writing contest via blog style submission/circulation?  I would appreciate any input/guidance.  Several writers have asked me to facilitate an online journal of sorts, and I would love to, but don't know where to start...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hello fellow literati of the blogging world!  I stumbled upon several quotes this afternoon that I thought may be of interest to you.  Given my current bout of writer's block, I'm quite intrigued by the auspicious nature of the findings...

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” 
 F. Scott Fitzgerald

And if that isn't enough,

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.” 
 J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Then, even after I was inspired again,

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
― C.S. Lewis

So, beyond just the realm of authorship, if any of you who are feeling a lack of drive, artistic or not, I sincerely hope the afore-provided passages offer some rekindling or, at the very least, a spark of fire that once burned!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

In finalizing another short story before I send it to the slaughter house for editing, I once again perused the section of Stephen King's, "On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft" that addresses vulgarity within dialogue.  Here's a passage that really forced me to stew for a bit:

"My mother, God rest her, didn't approve of profanity or any such talk; she called it 'the language of the ignorant.' This did not, however, keep her from yelling 'Oh shit!' if she burned the roast or nailed her thumb a good one while hammering a picture-hook in the wall.  Nor does it preclude most people, Christian as well as heathen, from saying something similar (or even stronger) when the dog barfs on the shag carpet or the car slips off the jack." (King 186)

He then goes on to say that "[...] I agree with my mother: profanity and vulgarity is the language of the ignorant and the verbally challenged.  Mostly, that is; there are exceptions, including profane aphorisms of great color and vitality.  They always fuck you at the drive-thru; I'm busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest; wish in one hand, shit in the other, see which one fills up first - these phrases and others like them aren't for the drawing-room, but they are striking and pungent." (King 187)

Food for thought from the grandmaster himself.  Mr. King, you are my nemesis - thanks for making my brain and soul writhe in painful contemplation!

Chad Broughman

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Every time I drive by Walloon Lake, I pause, if only in my mind, to ponder the depth of your soul Mr. Hemingway.  Your appreciation for the finer things in life, like a blood-red sunset over shimmering waters and bottle-neck green canopies made of northern Michigan foliage, eternally bonds you to so many.  And if I'm really tuned-in, I can harken your whispers of tranquility, dancing on a cool summer breeze...

Thank you for The Nick Adams Stories... and Happiest of belated birthdays.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

“I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags, I don't want him satisfied.” 
 John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

But at what cost Mr. Steinbeck?  You are, hands down, my favorite author of all eras and genres!  However, I'm hoping that you struggled with "mirroring reality" versus influencing it as much as I do.  Not that I'm putting myself on the same level as you, or even the same planet, as far as authorship abilities.  

As a fellow human though, I think we are all on a level playing field when it comes to moral aptitude and ethical quests/responsibilities.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Watching from above..."

Dear bloggers,

The long-awaited day has arrived! It's been a challenging journey to publication, but the process has proven to be fruitful in ways I had never anticipated. And I couldn't be happier with the end product. 

I'd like to thank everyone who supported and encouraged the creation of "Watching from above..." It was definitely a team project. But a special thanks goes to those who edited, critiqued and, more importantly, tolerated my anxiety and obsessiveness.

Please post comments about content, realistic human experiences and impact of profanity usage.

Lastly, this is not a marketing tactic; please don't consider it as such. But "Watching from above..." fielded many of the issues addressed here. Whether concerning this text or any other, let's keep the discussion of good versus ineffective literature...

Enjoy! And the next time you are alone on Lake Michigan, watch your back!

Interested readers click here:  "Watching from above..."

Chad V. Broughman
AP English/American Lit. Instructor
Short Fiction Author and Poet

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Happy B-day Henry David Thoreau. We owe you so much by way of beautiful fore-thought in the realm of environmentalism; simple living and absolute wonder. I hope you are in your after-world sitting on the edge of Walden pond with your feet dangling in its cool waters, and the sounds of civilization are no where to be heard.