I've always liked Christmas--the aesthetic, even more-so than the presents. It's one of very few lapses into Old World sensibilities that an American may still occasionally witness. And for the non-Catholic, the Christmas carol by candlelight is perhaps our sole faint whiff of true pomp and circumstance. I remember believing in Santa Claus to roughly … Continue reading Closing in on a first novel
It pounds daily on the nerves: the insanity of numbers, the uncertain future… An epidemic of fear and naked need: lines of shoppers, long since a customary sight, once more form in front of shops, first in front of one, then in front of all… The lines always send the same signal: the city, the … Continue reading The Silver Lining
Reading the spoils of (editing) war During the tedium of 2020 I had the great fortune of befriending a man via the internet who I consider to be akin to the Dale Carnegie of our day. He's a voice actor for numerous Fortune 100 companies & even The Obama Administration, and a communication skills coach … Continue reading Editing for an accomplished voice actor and communication coach
Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment to bring you up to speed on my current scribbling endeavors and tentative plans for the future. I'm always pleasantly surprised and grateful when I look at this site's analytics and see people are still visiting its pages and downloading its literature PDFs despite my frequent absences. … Continue reading Author Update
Are you worried, dear, about Doctor Seuss,When there's a Hunter Biden on the loose?He's a bagman all across the landFrom swampy D.C. to old IranAnd he belongs in a pilloryRight next to HillaryFor the unencrypted emails he did typeWhile puffing upon his crack pipe Are you worried, dear, about Doctor Seuss,When there's a Joe Biden … Continue reading On Dr Seuss’s #cancel-ling
C.S. Lewis once said "I was with book, as woman is with child," and writing this story has helped me understand his sentiment. While I have certainly experienced an urgency to churn out a final draft before, this project was accompanied by what I can only describe as mortal dread. There was no logical reason … Continue reading First Story of 2021 Now Available!
I can't be the only weirdo that plans out their reading ahead of time--can I? I thought I might share my reading list for the new year, either to inadvertently suggest a few titles for you, or to prompt you to share your own. P.S. I may only be able to begin, rather than completely … Continue reading 2021 Reading List
I just received my first manuscript rejection from a New York literary agent. I'm relieved to have this mandatory hazing ritual out of the way. Strangely, I feel more like "a real writer" now than any minor successes have ever caused. Perhaps I am consoled by a small sense of pride that this didn't emotionally … Continue reading A Real Writer?
A dear friend recently asked me to put together a "curricula" of essential books to read--preferably ones that would kick-start the imagination of a creative writer and inform their craft. To his and my surprise, the list that resulted only contains 60 titles, and could reasonably be read in a couple of years. Nonetheless, I … Continue reading An Affordable Liberal Education