Category Archives: On Writing

An Unraveled Hem, Joan Didion

I’ve kept some kind of a notebook, or journal, since junior high. Thankfully, the majority of them have gone the way of the wind. I suppose that’s a nice way of saying that I destroyed them at one time or another. I recall erasing every word one January, in some other life a million years ago in the year of

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Coming Soon… The Slick Furies, and, Winsome Vein…

COMING SOON!   Not only am I awaiting proofs for my vampire novel, The Slick Furies, ( got ’em!) which I hope to have available for purchase in October, but I have finished edits on Winsome Vein, a very personal selection of thirty-nine poems written from 2005 to 2008, that I hope to release in November. That’s about one hundred-thousand

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The Slick Furies.

I’m super tired. Is that the best time to write a blog post? Hopefully this won’t be too rambling. I have surpassed the sixty thousand word mark on the edits/re-write of the vampire novel. I have approximately sixty-six pages of the original text, about twenty thousand words, to finish, knowing that I’ll likely add a chapter or two. I’m right

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Stanyan Street.

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Rod McKuen, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Rod McKuen and just don’t know that you have, yet. A prolific poet and composer, credited with more than two hundred albums and more than thirty collections of poetry, including work in prominent films and the music industry, earning an Oscar

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Finding My Niche in the Beautiful World.

  A question of direction. Lately I’ve realized that the last few years the main focus of my writing has been something of an untoward wrestling match trying to come to some kind of terms with it. There have many discussions about “voice.” I’ve bristled at the idea of being “pigeon-holed” and in that have tried repeatedly to find something

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Solarcidal Tendencies.

This hasn’t been a bad week. Out now from the wonderful editors at Solarcide, Martin Garrity and Nathan Pettigrew, SOLARCIDAL TENDENCIES , the best of, so far! This is a unique collection of stories from some of today’s brightest authors on the rise. I am so very pleased to have my story THE LOVE included in this collection. As I’ve

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OPEN 24 – 7, But It’s Closing Time: The Re-Rewiring of the Internet Affected Brain.

Recently I’ve been thinking about how much time we, I, spend on the internet. I’ve thought about it before.   There was a time when I did not want a computer, whether it was a matter of being something of a technophobe or simply a general leeriness for reasons that I couldn’t quite explain, the idea simply didn’t appeal to

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Journeys End in Lovers Meeting; The Haunting of Hill House.

With “The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson is often credited with having set the standard for Gothic haunted house stories and rightly so. Dr. Montague, with a questionably morbid curiosity that readers of the genre have come to take for granted in its necessity for creating the backbone of why any of the characters are there, wants to investigate

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