A Writer’s Notebook: wing walkers

This happened a bit by accident. But I’ll explain below. I get all sorts of pilots coming in on the little grass airstrip out on my farm: crop-dusters, helicopters, daytrippers coming in from the next state, on their way south or north like migrating birds. But the other day I had an honest-to-god biplane roarContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: wing walkers”

A Writer’s Notebook: an old poem

This is an old poem. I’m still not happy with it. In retyping it here, I’ve made some small changes. Always tinkering. Sunrise. A cold wind moves only the surface of this pond. Down in that quiet, muddy mass, small fish doze while above, a blue heron stalks through the waters, more tai chi thanContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: an old poem”

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”

A Writer’s Notebook: photo story

Long-time readers: by now, you should know the drill. Here’s a photo. Below there’s a draft of something. And then I explain it all. Outside, on the driveway, the dozen black garbage bags stacked up against the siding are beginning to stink. Inside, the bleach is reacting with the glue in the particle board andContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: photo story”

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”

A Writer’s Notebook: response to Junichiro Tanizaki’s “In Praise of Shadows”

This is an old crib from a class assignment. I was in grad school taking a creative nonfiction workshop (which, this fall, I will be teaching myself, so hey, progress!), and I’d missed a day. (I forget why.) To make up for the missed class discussion, I had to write this response to an essay,Continue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: response to Junichiro Tanizaki’s “In Praise of Shadows””

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”

On chapbooks

So, last week, as I was posting here looking for a title for my new chapbook, I was also trawling Facebook for title ideas and a friend of mine asked what a chapbook even was. She even apologized for being “just too lazy to Google it.” Which was totally cool with me — we’ve allContinue reading “On chapbooks”