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Vocal Apparatus

I’ve been reading Hajo Duchting’s Paul Klee: Painting Music, a book my wife gave me as an early birthday present. I made this drawing before I started the book, but the relationship between visual art, music, and music-making is one I return to often, as Kle read more

Haibun #3

Morningshade retreats. Sunglint of chrome flickers past, panels of big trucks’ white glare: Atlanta traffic, beyond a Flannery O’Connor wall of ivy-hung trees and wires strung taut from pole to pole. The pool, not yet open, hasn’t been inspected. ABSOL read more

Fantastical Bucket List

A couple weeks ago, I sat in on my first North County Casual Writers gathering. We learned a new (to me) Japanese form popularized by the haiku artist, Basho. A meditative combination of prose and poetry laced with longing, the haibun is perfect for travel writing, and read more

Storming: K. M. Weiland’s Prairie Dieselpunk

Mish-and-StormingMichelle and I take turns reading to each other, usually at night just before bed. Our reading tastes don’t always line up perfectly, but there’s enough overlap that we rarely have a problem finding a story we’ll both enjoy. It’s rare, however, that any story stirs and maintains our joint enthusiasm with quite the barrel-rolling intensity of K. M. Weiland’s Storming. Read More→

Characterologically Speaking

Fiction is the art of creating selves. We may draw from life, using people we know as models. We may build a character from the raw material of personal experience, creating more or less autobiographical children through whom we can live more dangerously and authentically than seems…advisable in the world where we need to hold down a day job. We may even find ourselves tempted to borrow a character who has outlived his or her copyright or who, like Scheherezade or Red Riding Hood, has always belonged to all of us. Read More→

Advice for New Writers in an Age of Interactivity

One result of the dominance of social media is what I’ll call the socialization of creative activity and an escalation in the need for immediate feedback. It has always been (and it remains) a good idea to write a first draft in solitude, to create an entire work that stands on its own, though it may toddle at first. Once you have a complete manuscript, sure, expose it to a few trusted souls. But your first readers, your alphas, need to be people you trust, people who care about you as a writer. Read More→

Projects for 2016

iron in the fireMichelle tagged me in a Facebook post recently, challenging me to list a project every day for seven days and to nominate another person each day to do the same. These are my irons in the fire for 2016: Read More→

Unabashed Shamanism ~ Martin Case and A Brief History

A Brief History: A Collection of Great Dance Songs by Martin Case

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Martin Case has been building musical floors under the feet of Boston dancers for a while now – floors supported by an eclecticism that girds the globe, from the cramped North American apartment complex of “Dispute” to “Thailand Outdoors” with its hectic, techno-Thai suspension of disbelief Read More→

Read 100 Books in 2016?

K. M. Weiland, author of Storming and helpful connector of dots for fellow writers and readers, has issued a challenge and offered a reward for those who can meet it. Read a hundred books this year and get stuff for free.

She’s offering an electronic copy of one of her books for completing the challenge. Everyone who completes the challenge will also be entered into a drawing to win a signed paperback of one of her books. Read More→

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

There’s a big new speculative fiction magazine coming to a smartphone, tablet or computer near you. Spearheaded by Fran Eisemann, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores will launch at the stroke of midnight, December 31st, to ring in the New Year with art, essays, humor and, of course, fiction Read More→