As we move into fall in America, I just finished my summer reading. I picked out four ‘road’ books: two autobiographical fiction novels and two ‘nonfiction’ travelogues. Of the fiction ones, ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac is thought by many to be the quintessential American road book, while the iconic ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ is considered to be more of a philosophical novel. The last two books are travelogues by William Least-Heat Moon: ‘Blue Highways’ and ‘Roads to Quoz’. Continue Reading
Throwback to August 16, 2007. This was a character perspective piece attached to the character from my first novel. He’s supposed to be a ghost who died and is trying to make sense of his life. Even though it says “he’s a ghost looking back over 47 years” in the opening of the book, no one seemed to pick up on that. Either I suck as a writer or no one looks at writing as literature anymore. Oh well. This didn’t make it into that book, but I thought it might make it into the followup, which is now dead. So here it is in a blog post, a short little character perspective piece…. Continue Reading
This is a screenplay I wrote many years ago, now turned into a short novel. It’s a dark detective drama with a female lead character that some have compared to an episode of ‘The X-Files’ or an old movie called ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’. It’s a bit on the graphic side, especially for those who have read screenplays and learned to visualize this kind of writing in their mind’s eye. R rated or intended for mature audiences! Continue Reading
I originally blogged this on my previous blog (now gone) back on January 11, 2011. This follows up on yesterday’s post about the writer’s life. I think it is a shame the way that writers (and actors and many creative professions) have to face the feast or famine reality attached to pursuing a creative life. I have often wondered why super rich actors or producers don’t bargain for a better pay ratio for everyone working on their movies. (Same thing with football players related to stadium workers.) Anyway, we have met the creators of the have and have nots in America, and it is us.
I spent the last several days visiting my childhood house, seeing family members, and stopping by old haunts. I also went through some old books and papers from many years ago, including stories from writing classes that will become part of a very overdue anthology book. Now I am heading back to Tucson, and I have the feeling that I am going home.
I wrote this back in 2010 and posted it to a blog I used to have. It’s probably somewhat boring unless you know the book or have read some literary fiction in your life. There’s an idea in Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica about how humans keep repeating the same stories over and over, across decades, national histories, and whole civilizations. This writing stabs at that. The words from Wolfe’s journals (that became his book) written back in the 1920s or 1930s seem to fit today rather well.
Like her or hate her, Lena Dunham has a lot of power in the entertainment industry. By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the passages in her book that have sparked sexual abuse allegations. As a writer, the question of how to define what happened in the past is secondary to a much more puzzling question: why didn’t she have a decent editor for her book?
This is about the book ThunderBird Walking: A Grand Canyon Ghost Story. Specifically, it is about a question that I thought would come from readers of the book but so far has gone unasked, and that question is “When did the ThunderBird Walking character become a ghost?” Continue Reading