You can’t read the first sentence in this book and not know that you’re in for a trip. The opening character, Billy Wayne Hooduk, leaves his morbidly obese mother and his timid life behind as he sets out to be God and start a happy cult of his own. After a traveling circus act goes horrifyingly wrong, Billy Wayne shoots a … Read More
I love a good contest. Even more than a good contest, I love a good contest without a reading fee. Back when I was in college, one of my teachers advised us to stay away from fee-based contests. “You’re writers,” he pointed out. (He also pointed out that we were college students, which was painfully obvious by our ratty sweatshirts and … Read More
Shopping for shoes online. I think these might be the new love of my life. Wouldn’t they hurt like hellfire if I used them to kick someone in the eye?
I did the craziest thing. I thought back to when I was a kid out in the country, and we’d run around singing Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler”. (Don’t you judge me!) To this day I think of the words, “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Ladies and … Read More
Today I heard the phrase “Roll With It” at least three times. And even from my horoscope, nonetheless. It’s great advice, always.
And why he’s so crazy. And then we have a maniacal laugh-off. I’m gonna win that one, too. You can read his take on the contest here. Has this already kicked me into high gear? Oh yes, and I’m excited. I’ll tell you one thing: never bet against me. 😉 Thanks for the challenge, Robby D! It’s just what I … Read More
I received the best phone call yesterday from my friend Robert Duperre. Robby D. started the phone call with wild laughter and the words, “I challenge you!” This, naturally, caught my attention. Robby D. proposes this: we’ll both finish our novels by April 1st. He has 75,000 words to rewrite and about 25,000 new words to write. I have about … Read More
I had a deadline yesterday. An important one. But life has thrown me a few curve balls lately, and I haven’t been writing as I would like to. I was THISCLOSE to emailing the editor and saying, “I’m sorry, but I simply can’t make this deadline. My story isn’t finished.” I’ve never done that before. I also think it’s a … Read More
This is one of my favorite stories of all time. I refer you to “Flowers”, published by a gorgeous magazine called Blueprint Review. Please read and enjoy. May life mend your broken heart.
It’s happened more times than I can count. The doorbell rings, I open the door, and somebody stands there with their mouth open, their gaze hovering somewhere half a foot above my head. “I’m wearing my bunny ears, aren’t I?” I ask. They nod. I shake my head, sign for the package or whatever, and leave them to wander back … Read More