Well, That’s The Trick Now, Isn’t It?


Yeah, those words, or those right words I should say. The words that you read and give you the same emotional response that the writer felt while writing them. The words that writers fret over, change, and then change back again.

The experts tell us to write to the senses, all of them. Taste, sight, smell, touch, and sound. And that’s a great place to start. If we, as writers, can get you to experience our words on these levels, we’ve created a world for you that you will get lost in, believe in, and want to come back to.

Writing to the senses is also a way to bust out of that creative funk you’ve been in. I hate the term “writer’s block”. Pick your current setting, a random picture or person, or a simple event in your day. Start writing, using the senses as your guide to transfer your thoughts and emotions onto the page. What do you see, taste, and smell? What do you feel? What do you hear? Background noises, conversations, people’s actions, all of these and more contribute to a scene and convey the same feeling to the reader as the feeling that you experience in real time. Don’t forget the small, seemingly unimportant details. They make your writing real. Remember, if you notice something, you want your reader to notice it as well. Everytime.

And if we, as writers, can do this on  regular basis and make it a habit, then maybe, just maybe, we can claim to have a sixth sense, all our own.

But now I must get back to my own work, paper and pen cluttered desk and all, to continue my own word search whilst coping with the dissipating smell of my microwaved fish, seemingly a perfect fit for this cloudy, overcast day.  The hockey broadcast on the radio is used for background noise, if nothing else, and the sip of occasional coffee causes me to shudder, reminding me of how many times I have already reheated that same cup, and if I should do it yet another time.

Given my progress so far on this day, I probably will.




Ink And Embers named a Blog to Watch for 2017

My grilling and storytelling blog, Ink And Embers, was named as a blog to watch for 2017, and I’m proud to be in the company of some very good and established bloggers. It’s always nice to be recognized for “being you” and trying something a little different.

In their words, “Many food blogs on the web lack personality. Gerard (Jerry) Dlubala’s Ink And Embers, however, takes on bbq and delivers it to us in a format that is almost poetic, making it quite unique on our list of best bbq blogs. Dlubala says “My reason for beginning the blog was simple. I loved grilling and barbecuing, and I loved writing. So I wanted to combine the two and start a blog that incorporated both. Instead of just another recipe blog, I wanted to make the grilling/BBQ a little more personal, telling a story as well. I try to tell stories that incorporate a good BBQ experience within them.”

Lookin’ forward to a great year. Thanks to CAPPEC for including me on this list.



Because Life Is Better Wood Fired

What I Do…

Within the familiar confines of my work area,  I craft creative web and business page content, including product guides, buying guides, and blogs for The Park Facilities Catalog, AluminumBleachers.comBourbon and Banter, and Ink And Embers. I also enjoy writing features for both digital and hard copy magazines, including the latest edition of Terrain Magazine, and have been published in both fiction and non-fiction books, and anthologies. During the appropriate months, I edit and proofread personal statements and resumes through www.cvpersonalstatement.com for medical students looking to attain medical school acceptance. Interspersed in these tasks is a true passion for writing fiction, and so yes, you may see some of that around as well.

Previous journalistic experience includes work at both the St Louis Post-Dispatch and the St Louis Suburban Journals as a neighborhood news reporter and editorial columnist, respectively.

Web content writing clients, present and past, include The Park Facilities Catalog, AluminumBleachers.com, Ink And Embers, Bourbon And Banter, and ParentUSACity.com.

Feature writing clients, present and past, include Terrain Magazine, St Louis Commercial Journal and St Louis CEO Magazine (Anthem Media Group), St Louis Parent Magazine, and High Performance Human/Achieve magazine.

Longer feature pieces, story length writing, and individual photos have been published in the Chicken Soup For The Soul:Think Positive, Spirits of St Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories anthology, and Rollin’ On The River, The Story Of The Admiral In St Louis.