Good Knight

It's that time of year again! Time for me to spend one hour and thirty-three minutes repeatedly mainlining the most ridiculous, low budget content put on film. And Netflix's The Knight Before Christmas is on another level. In the movie, a knight time travels from the late 1300s to 2019 to fulfill a quest given... Continue Reading →

A persistent little plot idea had been jumping around my brain since the fall. With three projects in various stages of writing, editing, and querying, I couldn't give it my attention, but it sat patiently waiting for me in the back of my mind. It's been a long time since I've had a brand new... Continue Reading →

The Value of Work

I recently started listening to the audiobook for Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Linda gives unflinching, unapologetic accounts of her experiences as an hourly worker barely living above the poverty line. She narrates the book with a clear and resolute tone and I noticed one thing in particular. She doesn't... Continue Reading →

The Adults are in Charge

They say every generation has a major incident that defines their identity. For my generation, it was September 11th. My formative years happened in a bizarre stretch of time that's still draped in neon and pleather in my memory, a cultural and technological revolution you could feel happening. Y2K, hanging chads, AOL Instant Messenger, the... Continue Reading →

The Rabbit

The rabbit is on alert. Nose flicking, eyes darting. Waiting. She was raised that way, to be hypervigilant, to trust nothing. She knows if the fox catches her, it'll be because she wasn't witty enough to evade it. She hops to the edge of the tall weeds. The mat of vibrant grass shimmers with beads... Continue Reading →

It Starts With One

A few years ago, someone gave us a plant they claimed was bee balm. We had the perfect spot to let it go wild, a patch of mowed grass at the edge of our property we'd let return to its natural state. Letting the area grow up again had two purposes. First, to provide some... Continue Reading →

Hard Pass

I told my chiropractor I was trying to get a book published. He always asks me what's new and exciting before muscling my spine into place. I usually don't have anything to say. But that particular day, I shared my writing journey with him because I was on pins and needles waiting for news. I... Continue Reading →

What am I Doing?

I have a document with that title in one of my many subfolders in Google Drive, where all the half-baked ideas and partially written novels and long abandoned characters live in silent digital graves waiting to be revived. "What am I Doing" is about a page and a half long, an attempt at new first... Continue Reading →

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