Category: updates

New commenting policy

New commenting policy

I got a few inappropriate comments last week that made realize I should really have a comment policy for this blog (and my other sites, as well). You can read the new policy on the Commenting page. It takes effect immediately. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or be the thought police; I...

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Animal: A Beast of  Literary Magazine published my short story “She’s a Work of Art”—based on Warren Zevon’s song “Excitable Boy”—in this month’s issue. You can read it directly, or peruse the magazine. Working with Fiction Editor Sarah Cedeño was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my writing career so far, so I would...

You’re never through with some things

You’re never through with some things

“You think you’re through with some things,” says the main character in Jess Walter’s short story “Anything Helps.” The character, Bit, is referring to his return to begging for money with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The story makes me cry every time I read it. But I’m not talking about...

Beginnings

Beginnings

Beginning is always hardest. Writing, yoga, walking my dogs on windy, sub-zero days, cooking dinner. Once I start, continuing is easy. It’s getting off the couch that waylays me. For two years I wrote a blog about metafiction, and then for another two years I wrote a blog about how migraine disease affects my life....