https://youtu.be/nkPBgDufzl4 My first written episode for VivaEllipsis is now live on Youtube. It features gorgeous illustration by John Dooley and equally skillful narration by Richard Di Britannia. The text version is available here. Thanks to the mysterious creator of VivaEllipsis for the opportunity! Enjoy!
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
When one does not acknowledge or even entertain the possibility of objective truth (be it decreed by gods, God, the Dao, or even the ability of humanity to occasionally comprehend an objective phenomenon with their subjective minds), morals become as vague and malleable as politics. In other words, they are there to serve a purpose … Continue reading Form to Imperative to Dialectic
If I had to contrast myself with the time I'm living in (always a difficult & rather vain thing to do), I would have to settle upon the fact that I more-or-less remember who I was as a child and feel that person is with me still. A less fanciful way of saying this might … Continue reading Frantic Novelty vs The Inner Child
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!
Pyramids of cardboard are rising, bubble-wrap roles are unfurling, and contract ink is drying. The ritual of moving has commenced once more, but this time I'm headed back to a familiar place--indeed, the only place I consider truly familiar. I've always had a superstition that it is preferable to leave this world in roughly the … Continue reading A Fond Farewell, & Musings on Friendship
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