Permission to Rest

I haven’t been writing much lately. Not blog posts, not short fiction, not novels. Nothing. And I’ve been beating myself up over it pretty much any time I think about it. I’ve been feeling isolated not just from the process of writing but from the community of writers and the entire concept of being a […]

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In Memory of Krista

Wow, what a blurry old photo! Look at those happy kids, their whole lives spread out ahead of them! Of course, that was 35 years ago, and life has a way of surprising you. I met Krista when I was in 8th grade. She had just transferred to our school and was involved in a […]

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Leaving Greenwood

I’ve written about Greenwood before, a bit over 7 years ago. I’ve lived either on the fringes or in the heart of this northern Seattle neighborhood since 2006. It’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere by choice. Greenwood has been my home. I’ll be leaving it, quite possibly forever, in a week. Greenwood has never really […]

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Review: The Evil Within

It’s always this way–as we approach Halloween season, I fall down the rabbit hole of horror. Since my cohort (who is not a big horror fan) is in classes several nights a week, that gives me a lot of time to explore some of the nooks and crannies of the genre. I like to mix […]

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Thoughts on DC and the Joker

The trailer for the long-awaited* Joker movie dropped yesterday, and I have a few thoughts. The first thought being, of course, who asked for this movie? Let’s establish a few bonafides. As bad guys go, the Joker is an A-list character, as recognizable as DC’s big heroes (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman). The director and co-writer […]

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The Benefits of a Step Back

As regular readers know, I’ve been working on a new Cobalt City novel for over a year now. As is typical for me, progress is not always smooth and constant. I had a big block from some time in October until just a week ago where I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish a single chapter. […]

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