Flash Fiction Challenge: Ten Titles You Made Up…

From last week’s selection, I’ve got ten titles for you. Pick one and go. (Note that the parentheticals are who came up with the title.) The rules are standard: Length: ~1000 words Due by: 5/6, noon EST Post at your online space, drop a link in the comments, and boom. Still Turnstiles at Station 6 (Lori Schechter) The Girl Who Surfed Tsunamis (Christopher) Murder and Wine and the Oblong Door (Migo) The Blood Lottery (Marion) A Pretentious Title For a Pretentious Story (thisdamkid) The Blind Tattooist (Russell) Jeremy Pocket and... Read The Rest →

We Have A Problem

I am going to warn you up front that this post will offer little of value. You won’t find much focus here. I don’t have any great takeaways. I don’t have any solutions. I stand here between the polar forces of optimism and anger, trying to reach for one while shielding myself from the other. Part of me wants to retreat from the conversation entirely, to escape the culture and to settle down in a shack and sit and put on headphones and just wait it all out. The culture... Read The Rest →

Leanna Renee Hieber: What To Do When The Bottom Drops Out

I have the pleasure to know the spectral presence known as “Leanna Renee Hieber,” who does not write books so much as she breathes them effortlessly into being with sheer pneuma. She’s awesome, and so you will sit very politely and listen to her tale of publishing woe — a tale with a much happier ending, a tale that tells the message of how the best thing you can do as a writer is hang the fuck in there. Because you’re only out when you bow out. * * * Peoples... Read The Rest →

What I’d Like To Say To Young Writers, Part Two

Two years ago, I wrote ten things that I’d like to say to young writers, and I find that a lot of young writers — WEE TINY BABIES WITH HOPE GLINTING IN THEIR DEWDROP EYES — email me. They want to be writers but they don’t know if they can or if they should. And as I recently turned 40, that means I received from the doctor a booster shot of the Wisdom Vaccine, so right now I’m shedding wisdom like the flu virus and so you should all expect to... Read The Rest →

The Tiny House Hunters Drinking Game! (Tiny Living, Big Drinking!)

ICYMI, I manifested the true power of the Internet and wrote an “open letter” to the intrepid reality stars of Tiny House Hunters, and I have only fallen deeper down the rabbit hole on this show since. I just can’t quit this shit, especially now that I found past episodes on Netflix. And I thought, hey, if you really wanted to get just tore up, if you wanted to lubricate your soul with flagons of liquor, then you should turn Tiny House Hunters into a drinking game. (There’s already one for regular ol’... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Is Otherworldly

What I like about macro photography is the ability not only to get close and see the microscopic rendered macroscopic, but also the ability to get so close that what you’re looking at becomes obscured, obfuscated by proximity, and what you get is instead something otherworldly. That is transformative and fascinating to me. And so, I thought, I’ll toss off a few shots at macros that look like they don’t belong on this planet. BUT FIRST, some quickie-poo updates. Today is the last day I’m running a sale on some of my... Read The Rest →

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