Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.

– Joss Whedon

Character Sketch for Tenacious

THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS

The house is dark and quiet when Margot arrives home after work. She leaves the car in the driveway, skirts the sprinklers on the back lawn, and dumps her jacket and bag on a patio chair.

The wind shifts, chasing damp birch leaves and lilac petals across the cement until they bump into something on the patio, something quiet and patient and warm.

She reaches into her bag for smokes, lights one, and takes a slow drag. “Now that you’ve caught me smoking, I suppose there are no more secrets between us.” Continue reading “Character Sketch for Tenacious”

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.

– Kurt Vonnegut

Twice a year in my neighborhood, an elderly man named Burt rolls up his garage door, rolls out bookshelves, and sets up shop in his driveway.

There, under a graceful shade tree, book lovers can browse to their heart’s delight. And what a delight it is. Thousands of books to thumb through, each one in excellent condition and appropriately categorized.

Continue reading “The Neighborhood Bookseller”

Character Sketch For The Bestiary

NO JOKE

 

A coyote and an alligator walk into a bar.

     Sounds like the setup to a joke.

          But this is one punch-line you don’t want to stick around for.

Crowd at the Naked Porcupine is riled tonight. Friction echoes between the brick walls and whines down the bar’s copper-topped counter like current on a telephone wire. The place is wet with sweat and booze, sticky and squishy, like everything else in Malady, Louisiana.

Etienne settles onto a worn barstool at the far end of the bar where he can see who comes and goes, tosses back a pair of whiskeys, and nurses a third, waiting. Continue reading “Character Sketch For The Bestiary”

If I don’t read, I get lonely.

If I don’t write, I forget who I am.

– Jack Driscoll

Of Mist and Magic Anthology

Following is the intro to my short story ‘Rooted,’  which is part of the music and story collaboration Of Mist And Magic.’ My piece is an urban fantasy retelling of the Italian fairytale ‘The Myrtle Tree‘ inspired by Phil Lober’s beautiful song The Eternal Rest of a Ronin.’ Many thanks to Samantha Readstreake Geary and Really Slow Motion for inspiring and overseeing this project. Continue reading “Of Mist and Magic Anthology”

I count myself as one of those who learn as they write and write as they learn.

– John Piper

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