There is something special about a real live, out of the blue surprise. Every now and then it's actually a pleasant thing, this crazy shaft of light out of no where. In my writing career it's happened to me twice. No. That's a lie. In writing, to one degree or another, every time I sit … Continue reading Something of a Surprise
I do not know why so many story ideas come to me when I'm walking my dog. Upon reflection I suppose it is a brief period of time during which I am the sole arbiter of what goes on in my head. No one else's voice is bending my thoughts in their direction. The dog … Continue reading Solitude
It's a great word, "bounty." It can mean a price upon one's head. It's a brand of paper towel. It was a ship which, if my memory serves, Marlon Brando once took by mutiny. I might have been able to find you a picture illustrating bounty that used the same font, but the accompanying image … Continue reading Bounty
I don't know for sure when I started doing it. It was before I left for college, I think. Maybe 1977? Somewhere around there I started the annoying habit of taking time to reflect upon the past year and speculate about the next. Ugh. I mean, Oh. My. God. I hate people who summarize their … Continue reading The Obligatory…
When something is good, it's good despite all the bad things that sometimes attach themselves to the thing that is good and true and right. Thus when my friend, writing partner, publisher, and co-host of the Games and Writer's Show, Craig Hart decided to step away from producing TGWS because it had become a bigger … Continue reading Good Sentences
In 1973, Paul Simon released the album "There Goes Rhymin' Simon," his second after splitting with longtime partner Art Garfunkel. It's a great album, and it features a song which has long resonated with me, someplace deep inside of who I am. It shares a title with this post. I suppose it's the chorus that … Continue reading Something So Right
Old Business Well, the first two week cycle of my increased blog output ended last week with no post on the poetry blog, but successfully on the other three, and now we're back to this blog, it being Tuesday and all. So now that we've got the progress started, rather than talk about that for … Continue reading Something Special, Maybe?
Here is what I'm thinking: In the months since I finished writing The Terror of Tijuana, my work effort has been, if I'm being honest, hit or miss at best. This is not all straight laziness and negligence, but those are certainly big components. There were other elements in play, and everything seemed to come … Continue reading A Notion
Did you ever get the scoop? Were you ever the first to know what everyone else would soon be talking about? Well, if not and if this is something that appeals to you - being in the vanguard, being the first to know... I'm sorry. You aren't in this case. Yeah, this is kind of … Continue reading The Scoop
July tends to be a productive month for me. Maybe it's the warm weather, the sunshine turning the old bod into a vitamin D factory. I don't know. But I do know this: The Terror of Tijuana will be released on August 2 That's right! Northern Lake Publishing will again take a chance on your's … Continue reading A Cover! A Release Date! An Engine?