Go Ahead and Worship Them . . .

It’s my book’s birthday! Today is the official release date for There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, my new story collection from Blue Cactus Press. Which means you can order it online now, direct from my publisher, through Barnes & Noble, or via that behemoth that made Jeff Bezos obscenely rich. But if you’reContinue reading “Go Ahead and Worship Them . . .”

#AmWriting — off the screen, onto the page

Writing is hard work. That probably won’t surprise anyone reading this blog post, but it constantly surprises me. Take my current novel project: I started the first draft of it back in 2013. It was my NaNoWriMo project that year, and while I had a pretty strong idea of what the book would be, IContinue reading “#AmWriting — off the screen, onto the page”

Cover reveal for There Is No Other Way to Worship Them

We have a cover! In case you missed the announcements yesterday (on the Blue Cactus Press site, on Facebook, and on Twitter), the cover for There Is No Other Way to Worship Them is now an official thing. (Back cover on the left, front cover on the right, as you’d see it if you flattened the book)Continue reading “Cover reveal for There Is No Other Way to Worship Them”

Author photo outtakes! (aka: “The One With All the Props”)

A few weeks ago, I shared some of the photos from my Blue Cactus Press photo session. And no photo session is complete without a whole bundle of ridiculous outtakes. And when people are taking photos of me, not all the outtakes are accidental — I come from a long line of goofballs and IContinue reading “Author photo outtakes! (aka: “The One With All the Props”)”

Author photo session

As I continue to work with Blue Cactus Press on the publication of my forthcoming story collection, There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, we decided I needed updated author pix. So I consulted with my stylist (my wife, Jennifer) and Christina Butcher, the publisher behind BCP and also our photographer. And then, aContinue reading “Author photo session”

Cover art reveal for my new book of stories

Gang, Blue Cactus Press and I are trucking along on the production of my next book, the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them. And ICYMI, this past week we revealed the cover art! The cover design is still under construction, but the artwork going on the front and back covers isContinue reading “Cover art reveal for my new book of stories”

New podcast!

A few months ago, writer Jude Brewer took a train from Portland, Oregon, up to Tacoma, Washington, where he promptly descended into my basement and set up sound equipment. Soon, writer and actor James A. Gilletti arrived with coffee and donuts (and a bottle of handcrafted booze), and then poet and publisher Christina Butcher joinedContinue reading “New podcast!”

New publication

I’ve been so focused on longform fiction and on getting together my new book of stories (forthcoming from Blue Cactus Press!) that it’s been a while since I published any new short fiction. Until today. I’m proud to say that one of my favorite online magazines, Drunk Monkeys, has published my story “This Is WhatContinue reading “New publication”

Write in the Harbor and researching for fiction

This coming November, I’ll be leading an afternoon workshop on how to research for historical fiction as part of the Write in the Harbor conference, hosted by Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus in Washington’s Puget Sound. Longtime fans and friends will know that I’ve written about researching for fiction and have led similar workshopsContinue reading “Write in the Harbor and researching for fiction”