Author Archive for Cameron

Eternity

This short piece, about a memorable dive off Ecuador, won the 2012 ‘Ocean’ magazine short nonfiction prize. Eternity (c) Cameron M. Smith / August 2009  On the Eastern Pacific equator I lay at night in a shaky bamboo cabin dumbfounded…

Bright Moon

I step off the bus and start down the street. It’s dark and the stars stand out. I come around a corner and there is the moon, white and giant. “People walked there,” I think, trying to imagine the distances.…

Well Done

To complement my previous post, which delineated some common writing mistakes and how to avoid them, this post focuses on some common writing successes. These are things that work to connect with the reader and keep them reading. Some are…

Departure from Controlled Flight

My hang-gliding instructor introduced me to the ominous term I’ve hijacked for the title of this post; ‘DCF’. Not good. There are many ways to get there; trying too hard, not trying hard enough…equipment failure…Many ways to get to DCF. I think the same of writing. In fact, considering how much there is to go wrong in writing, it’s a wonder it ever works at all.