New Short Story for Free Download!

If you hadn't seen yet, I released an eBook version of my short story "Cry 'Bout A Nickel." I blogged an excerpt earlier; go here to download it.  It's a two-step download process; please let me know if it's too cumbersome for people who don't know me to bother. Again, download "Cry 'Bout A Nickel" on …

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5 Legit Reasons Millennials Prefer Texting over Calling

"I called the guy, got his voicemail, and as I was leaving a message I saw that the guy had just texted me, saying 'Please text.'  I couldn't believe it!" The dude sharing this story was two years older than me, and one year shy of being a Millennial.  I am one year past the Millennial cutoff.  …

The era of the “Rock Star” is over, and that’s okay

"Her name was Bullwinkle."  That's the opening line to The Dirt, the 2001 autobiography of the rock band Mötley Crüe written by all the band members with an assist from pro ghostwriter Neil Strauss. I'll spare you the gory context, but suffice it to say to me and a small collective of wannabe rock-n-roll miscreants I chose …

Novel Exceprt: Nightmares and Siblings, “The Puppeteer”

My fascination with dreams and sibling relationships are key motifs in my upcoming New-Adult horror novel, The Puppeteer.   This excerpt is from Chapter 7. ***  She sat bolt-upright in bed, gasping for breath, wondering if she had screamed aloud.  For a second, Sarah didn’t know where she was.  Her eyes looked for the closer-in dimensions of …

I can’t function in polite society – at least not on Social Media

A friend of mine recently moved from Austin to Boston, leaving behind a vibrant social life.  She just posted this Facebook status:   "I have a hole in my heart the size of Texas."   Awwwwwww ... 120 likes, loves, and sad faces so far.  A stream of comments to the following effect:   "We …

This new movie song is unbearably manipulative … so why the fuck can’t I stop listening?

"This is Me," the original song written for the film musical The Greatest Showman by Oscar-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of La La Land fame) just won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and is probably on track to win Pasek and Paul another Oscar in the same category. Here's the video:   https://youtu.be/xthfyWV2sQk   I don't …