Writing 

Stories

I write short stories. Some. Most are short. Really short. Let’s call them ‘short shorts’ for short. One is a ‘long story’ which I excerpted below.

More (than) Zen Stories: New sprouts from old tales

In this collection, I take five old Zen stories and continue them with a sequel that, I believe, brings new inspirations and insights.

  • The Hermit of Moon Village
  • Not Enough Cups
  • There is Seed and There is Seed
  • Twenty Years and Nothing
  • The Invitation

Storm Coming: Short and Stormy Stories

  • Storm Coming
  • Memorial Day
  • Driftwood
  • Song and Dance
  • A Little Stitching
  • Silverado
  • Fair Game
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Peeling Paint
  • Recycling
  • Mr. Kim’s Apartment
  • Audio Diary, July 5, 2031
  • Margery’s Pot
  • The Harvest
  • Inquiry on the Green Experiment
  • Last Night

Centerfold: a long story

In 2020, that first COVIDian year when a tiny beast targeted the human community, I focused on writing a novela or long short story of some thirty thousand words (75 pages). It is Centerfold. I have not yet published it. But I think the opening two pieces of it are fun, so I put that here for your enjoyment.

 

Poems

I write poems. They are short, too, even shorter than my ‘short short’ stories. As you would think. As for ‘writing’ poems. I don’t know…Mostly I seem to midwife them, midwife not the words for the most part, but the essential drop, the idea, that some muse-like phenomenon has sort of dropped on the top of my head when I am not looking at the sky. I am looking at the world, yes indeed. But the the poem comes into that from the side or something. Say, isn’t it amazing how rarely a bird drops its digestive refuse on our heads? Those little beings must be watching us.

For now, see my art site, TKPhelps, for a few of these.

Poems

Memoirs

For now, see my art site, TKPhelps, for a few of these.

Stories

Ideas
I write a lot of philosophical ideas, trying to better understand what I see at the psychological and universal level. I will see how much of this I put here. It will be in my ‘Ideas’ page, not here. And of course, naturalmeditation.org