George Washington would flip in his grave . . .

If you’ve been watching American public television, PBS, you’d think we lost the Revolutionary War.

The U.S.-taxpayer funded channel has been overrun by Brits, and clever ones at that: take the juggernaut Downton Abbey, or the quirky Doc Martin, or the melodramatrix Call the Midwife, or the cagey Sherlock, or the soap operatic Mr. Selfridge. For the past few years, from history to drama, PBS has highlighted such British isle productions as Michael Wood’s Story of England and Queen Victoria’s Empire.

Then there’s a walk on Britain’s darker side with Masterpiece Mysteries’ Zen and Inspector Lewis. Meanwhile, we are still keeping up with the U.K.’s version of the Jones’s with long-running oddball comedies that once earned PBS the nickname: Primarily British Shows: Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Last of the Summer Wine, and my ab fave: Absolutely Fabulous. 

Not enough Red Coats or red-faced laugh-tracked humor for ya? Check out this site: British Comedy on American TV at

Nearly 250 years after The Battle of Yorktown, this former colony seems reluctant to cut the cord.


Experimental Forms

Lists. Recipes. Google Map essays. YouTube story videos. Serial tweets. Hermit crab stories. Micromemoir. Flash fiction or nonfiction. These are all contemporary experimental forms of writing. I was on a kicky writer’s panel at the Conversations & Connections Conference this past weekend in D.C. and here is a cool list of journals that publish alternative forms of writing:

Brevity, Sweet, PANK, Hobart, Slice, The Collagist, The Normal School, Diagram, Prick of the Spindle, Paper Darts, Barrelhouse, while other journals, such as Tin House or The Fourth River, also seek out new voices and styles.

Courting danger by going out on a geek limb, I”m sending links to two story-born YouTube videos I’ve done in collaboration with my theater-poet, science editor, natural-born comic husband. For what it is:

Big Man, Little Man: The Clay-mation Movie

Pandora Cruise: The Bermuda Triangle


Images as Story

I wanted  share these sweet online sites re: An Image Speaks a Thousand . . .Use of Art & Text in Literature

Photography as storytelling: MediaStorm, http:// (view various stories)

Visual Metaphor: Google the term ‘visual metaphor’; quick summary see

For a great example: See hour-glass and others at this site:

Flash Nonfiction: Look at various journals, such as Brevity, Anderbo, Opium, and The Sun literary journal’s Reader’s Write.

Flash Fiction: See various journals via

YouTube: Find one that portrays a story. Beg., middle, end.

This stuff is so cool. 🙂