Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all

Stephen King has a famous quote that I suspect a lot of writers hold dear as a milestone to hit in their careers. Mister King said: “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill withContinue reading “Dolla Dolla Bill, Y’all”

Traveling During a Pandemic

Hey everybody, how are you all holding up? It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in, and the funk I was in when I posted last time is stubbornly hanging on. I’ve done painfully little writing, I can’t do much in the way of photography (although people more determined and creative than myself haveContinue reading “Traveling During a Pandemic”

Is Anyone Else Having a Hard Time Focusing?

I’m in a weird situation. A conundrum, you could say. Due to the nature of my work (911 dispatcher), I will have no reduction in hours. I may even start picking up overtime as things progress. And while I’m thankful to continue receiving a paycheck in these uncertain times, I see people talk about allContinue reading “Is Anyone Else Having a Hard Time Focusing?”

Quarantine Pop Culture Recommendations

So, things are bad. Like, real bad. Bleak, dystopian-novel-bad. I live in Kansas, where some people are so hard-headed that they are ignoring the CDC and spouting “it’s just the flu” and mad that their gym is closed. I won’t get into a rant, but my point is that most of you are probably goingContinue reading “Quarantine Pop Culture Recommendations”

Calling All Bloggers and Book Reviewers!!!

I made the announcement about a month ago, but if you missed it: I have a novella in a new anthology from Tangled Tree Publishing, A Dark Spring, coming out April 11th. To promote the book, Tangled Tree is scheduling a release blitz April 11th-13th, and a blog tour April 28th-May 4th. In addition, **REVIEWContinue reading “Calling All Bloggers and Book Reviewers!!!”

We Need to Talk About Kevin [2011]

I hadn’t planned on a blog post about this film when I watched it on a whim last Sunday. But here we are, three days later, and I still can’t get it out of my head. I had started reading the novel by Lionel Shriver years ago but never finished it. It was based mostlyContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Kevin [2011]”

Undone [Amazon, 2019]

A couple posts ago I mentioned that I was anxiously awaiting the release of the final eight episodes of Bojack Horseman, and I was not disappointed. The show’s ending was somber, bleak, yet somehow managed to be optimistic at the same time. It was a satisfying ending, with a final scene that I felt wasContinue reading “Undone [Amazon, 2019]”

A Dark Spring Announcement and Cover Reveal!

A while back I talked about an upcoming anthology that I couldn’t quite discuss yet. Well the time has come! Tangled Tree Publishing has made the announcement, so here we go: A Dark Spring, the first anthology from Tangled Tree, is coming out April 11, featuring my story Early Retirement as well as seven otherContinue reading “A Dark Spring Announcement and Cover Reveal!”

After Life [Netflix, 2019]

I’m a bit of an odd duck. I suppose if you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time you might already know that, but if you don’t, what I mean is that I’m especially fond art that is visceral. Movies and TV are no exception. Generally speaking, I don’t care for happy endingsContinue reading “After Life [Netflix, 2019]”

Publishing News 2.0!

In my last post I alluded to possibly having some more news to share soon, and it has come to pass. The “ink” is dry on the contract so I can finally announce: Denver-based indie publisher Literary Wanderlust has agreed to publish my debut novel, The End of Jimmy Ray Day! As I mentioned, theyContinue reading “Publishing News 2.0!”