Book Review—In The River By Jeremy Robert Johnson

Normally this is where I say I’m not going to write a book report, but there’s not much of a description from the publisher: An intensely moving tale of survival and madness along the river’s edge. A father and son fishing lesson become a nightmarish voyage to the sea in this visionary testament to the […]

Book Review—Walkaway By Cory Doctrow

Here’s the skinny on Walkaway so I don’t have to write a book report: From New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow, an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his […]

#NaNoWriMo

Nope, I’m not participating in #NaNoWriMo. I basically have two reasons why I’m not. It makes writing seem like a chore. (and let’s face it, it can already be a bit of a slog.) First drafts are easy. Over the past couple of years writing full-time, it’s my biggest takeaway: A first draft is the […]

Birthday Poem (Two Days Late)

It’s time to admit that I am Billy Pilgrim. I feel time is everywhere and nowhere at once. There’s only the immersion Of joy And staring pain and fear, eye-to-eye, on A daily basis. And it never goes away, no matter How much L. Ron’s worshipers tell you to confront it And make it disappear […]

First Drafts: Swan Like

Do we ever celebrate the beauty of a woman’sBack? The rounded, powerful curves of the Shoulder blades? The gentle bumps of herSpine, leading to the softness of the waist, Tapering towards the mystery and trueInspiration? It seems like we pay far more Attention to the curve of a woman’s neck.We say they are swan like, […]

First Drafts: Original Thinking

There is no originality, get that through Your head right now. Your thoughts are Not your own and never have been. Your brain’s six billion years in the making. The clump of electrified flesh floating Around in your skull doesn’t remember Those billions of years, but it feels them, All those shallow steps into the […]

First Drafts: Wishful Thinking About An Imaginary Character

I want Bill Murray to be my step-dad. But not the real Bill Murray, one of the Fake ones. I don’t want the Murray of Mad Dog And Glory, Or Arthur Dent from A Little Shop Of Horrors, Or that cuckold Dr. Raleigh St. Clair. Not even Peter Venkman. (Although he’d be a 24-hour party) […]