Henry Dumas

Henry Dumas was born in 1949 in Midvale, Utah. He lives in West Jordan, Utah and spends his winters as a snowbird in Mesa, Arizona.
He believes most writers plan their life about writing. They take English and literature classes, join writing clubs, and become teachers or enter other writing fields.
Henry traveled a different path. He knew at a very young age he was going to be an electronic technician and never saw a need to improve his English or writing skills. He coasted through English classes doing the minimum required and spent his life doing what he loved, needing only basic writing skills.
Henry loves to tell exaggerated stories, tall tales, and little white lies. He wanted to write the stories he told on paper, but didn’t know how to get started.
Everything changed the day he stood in front of the Joy of Writing table at a craft fair and talked to several of the writers. They asked him to come to the class, and he went, “just to see.”
When that day arrived, he stood in the hallway and wondered if he could find the courage to walk into a room filled with strangers that more than likely were talented writers.
“Don’t worry,” he thought. “Just sit in class and listen. You don’t have to write.” When asked to write a personal story, he panicked. That’s when something weird happened. His hand wrote words on paper like it had a mind of its own. He jotted down several sentences and hoped they would be okay.
Henry can see how his writing has changed over the years compared to his first weeks. He wishes it was getting easier. It’s not.
Henry has never published his stories, but that has not stopped him from writing. He hopes for the day when he will see his name and author in the same sentence.
His writing is an adventurous journey that started with a thought and some courage.

On the porch.

By Henry Dumas September 25, 2022 The assignment: Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to something that isn’t human, such as an animal or object. Write a scene or story that includes anthropomorphism.             That evening, Steven and his girlfriend sat together on a wooden swing on the front porch, watching the sunset over … Continue reading On the porch.

Old man wisdom

July 31, 2022 / Henry Dumas By Henry Dumas As you may expect, I filled my life with things I wouldn’t do again, as well as things I wish I had done. These are the consequences of never really growing up. There are things in my life for which I would appreciate a magic make … Continue reading Old man wisdom

Once upon a time

July 29, 2022 / Henry Dumas By Henry Dumas The assignment: Take an old fairy tale and reset it in modern times and in your hometown.              Once upon a time in a far-off land called West Jordan, Utah, there lived three fairies.             Elfie, Lucy and Sadie buzzed around the garden, protecting it from unwanted … Continue reading Once upon a time

My life in a song

July 4, 2022 By Henry Dumas The assignment: If each decade of your life was represented by a pop song, what would each one be? And why?                Nineteen forty-nine to nineteen sixty. Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys by Waylon Jennings. Life was always an adventure playing cowboys and Indians … Continue reading My life in a song

Turnabout Is Fair Play

June 4, 2022. By Henry Dumas  “You look like crap; do you still want to go duck hunting?” Steven asked. “I worked a double shift at the warehouse. Came home and fell asleep on the couch with my clothes on. Now I’m standing here at two a.m. What do you expect?” Robert scowled. “Have you … Continue reading Turnabout Is Fair Play

BLIND DATE

By Henry Dumas March 14,2022 EXCITED HAPPY  POETRY  BELL LOGIC   FASCINATIN DANCING  HEART   TREE   LUDICROUS   THUNDER DEPRESSING   NATURE   TAXES The assignment: Write a story using the above list of the words. Steven was a good-looking, hard-working, taxpaying conservative meat-eater.  His friends were worried about him hanging out alone, so they set … Continue reading BLIND DATE