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Embracing the Hard

There is a funny mystique about writing.  When I think about writers I imagine the life as romantic — a quiet place, a contemplative author, a message spilling forth from the abundant fountain of words the writer carries within. I do it all the time even...

The Peripatetic Goat

Yesterday I was driving down the road and saw a guy on a four-wheeler with two baby goats in his lap. I thought to myself, “Awww, how cute… a guy on a four-wheeler with two baby goats in his lap!” Then I realized my first thought was not that there...

Adventures in Straw Bale Gardening

I’m not a gardener by any means. Even in the most loose sense of the word.  I don’t like the sun.  I don’t like the heat.  My mother used to make me help her pull weeds as a teenager.  I don’t know which I hated more at the...

The Fun of Research

I’m currently working on a second novel.  Once I got past the kind of frightening prospect of starting a new project, I began having fun.  The start of a big project is a little bit daunting, but with the help of research to inspire and ground me, I...

Indiegogo: The Lascaux Prize

I hope you will take a minute to look at a project I’m involved in. For the last couple of years I’ve been working on a literary journal called The Lascaux Review with my editor-friend and crit partner Stephen Parrish. It’s a wonderful place to hang...