An evening in Austin, Texas

Gang, I have a hell of a book tour coming together this fall, and now, in addition to a handful of other events in central Texas, I’ll be hanging out in the Capital of Southern Cool, Austin, Texas, on August 20! Come find me and author Zoë Miller at the cool indie bookstore, Malvern Books, atContinue reading “An evening in Austin, Texas”

BER-nee, Texas

Several years ago, my wife and I were on our first trip to Prince Edward Island, in the Canadian Maritimes. One evening, we decided to attend a “murder mystery” dinner theater, just for fun, and got to chatting with one of the actors. This guy was playing (or maybe was in real life) an over-the-topContinue reading “BER-nee, Texas”

New publication

Fiction Southeastis a cool literary magazine. They publish people like Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, CL Bledsoe. And now, me. My story “Consuela Throws Her TV Away” is in the fall 2012 issue, folks! Some of you might recognize the title: it originally appeared in the excellent Orchid: A Literary Review. But, sadly, OrchidContinue reading “New publication”

Photo blog 98

Still continuing my Texas stories series. This time I’m posting from a story that isn’t available online, so you’ll just have to track down a copy of Red Wheelbarrow from 2008 and look for “Bathe in the Doggone Sin.” (Or email me and beg me to send you the file.) It was just a fewContinue reading “Photo blog 98”

Photo blog 97

  I’m back from Texas now, but while I was there, I did indeed take more photos of locations related to my fiction. (And thanks to Jennifer and my family for putting up with me as I pulled over on the side of the road every few hundred yards!) Yesterday, I announced that Ampersand BooksContinue reading “Photo blog 97”

Photo blog 96

As I said last week, I’m in Texas. I’m still running around taking photos, but I’m also on vacation so I haven’t bothering uploading and culling them yet. But I do still have some photos from my last trip, which is what these are. They’re related to a scene in my story “A Few MayContinue reading “Photo blog 96”

Photo blog 95

I’m in Texas the next two weeks, and while I’m here, I thought I’d drive around some of my old haunts and photograph places that turn up in my Texas fiction. I did a little of that when I was last in Texas, back in April 2012. That’s when I took these photos. They relateContinue reading “Photo blog 95”

Best Texas Music (literary edition)

  Today, the Dallas Observer is running a piece on “The Best Texas Songs of All Time,” counting down from 100. I found out about this from Denton band Slobberbone’s Facebook page, where they celebrated hitting #63 on the list with their track “Barrel Chested.” “The huge riff is lifted straight off an AC/DC albumContinue reading “Best Texas Music (literary edition)”

New publication

Just a quick note to say I have a new story out in Scintilla Magazine, which just went live today. Huge props to editor Timothy A. Lepczyk for making the issue look so awesome! I mentioned a week and a half ago that this story actually came to me as a suggestion from a coworker,Continue reading “New publication”