Writing Advice from Questionable Characters

"Hell, man, I know very well you didn't come to me only to want to become a writer and after all what do I really know about it except you've got to stick to it with all the energy of a benny* addict."   ~ Dean Moriarty from ON THE ROAD #amwriting #ofthejournals   *Benzedrine, … Continue reading Writing Advice from Questionable Characters

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What’s My Name, Again?

And here I thought it was going to be such a dramatic hassle to change the name of my novel from The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor to Inside the Skin. I mean, I've been wanting to change it for quite a while now but kept putting it off thinking it would take a … Continue reading What’s My Name, Again?

It is with a Heavy Heart that I Bid a Sad Adieu

I came up with the title of my novel, The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, early on in its development and I have grown to love it as I have any other part of my existence, such as my left pinkie finger, my crooked nose, my restless and weary soul. However, after seven years … Continue reading It is with a Heavy Heart that I Bid a Sad Adieu

LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter

NEW RELEASE

I'm happy to announce the release of my fifth book, a short story collection entitled: LEAVE: And Other Stories Short and Shorter. Within the collection, there are 30 stories new and old. Some are short in length as are traditional short stories, and some are shorter in length, as are the more contemporary flash fiction … Continue reading NEW RELEASE

Now that I’ve the Time

A couple days ago, I wrote a painfully long post called The Irrepressible Nature of Irony. I mean, dude*, it is a massive monster of a missive. I mean, wow. Anyway, as a mea culpa, of sorts, for torturing you with such interminablely tedious twaddle, I left a footnote that reads: To paraphrase a quote … Continue reading Now that I’ve the Time

Fans of Albert Camus are so absurd

Yeah, so call me absurd... Anyway, as happens with my other such favorite influential authors -- Kafka, Vonnegut, Melville, Hemingway, London, Conrad... (I know, I know. This list is very male and very white... I'm working on that. I promise.) -- I, like clockwork, begin jonesin' for a Camus fix at least once a year. … Continue reading Fans of Albert Camus are so absurd

THE FIX: A Short Story

Here's a look at the book cover and a brief excerpt (it's about the only parsing of the story I could find to share here that wasn't filled completely with vulgar language - hey, the story involves sailors...what can I say?) of a story about fear, passion, and unrequited desire that I just added to … Continue reading THE FIX: A Short Story

Slowing Down the Synapses

Or, Speeding Up the Reviews Not the primary reason but one of the reasons I decided back in April to take a hiatus from the web was because I wanted to give my brain a break from all the nonsensical chatter that was cluttering it so. I have been having what I collectively call chemo … Continue reading Slowing Down the Synapses

Is Writing Hard for Everyone or Just Me?

Hey! What's up?! Long time no speak. Everyone surviving these bizarre times okay? I must admit that I have grown accustomed to not blogging or socializing on the internet these past several months. Not that I haven't missed you, it's just nice to be engaged so heavily in the really real as opposed to the … Continue reading Is Writing Hard for Everyone or Just Me?

A Guest Post by Author Larry Kahaner

READ KURT'S FIVE-STAR REVIEW OF LARRY'S THRILLER: USA, INC.     GREED AND THE CONSTITUTION A Novel Pair By Larry Kahaner   I enjoy writing about greed. It's an emotion that intrigues me because I'm not a greedy person, so I'm fascinated by those who are. I want to understand it, and, for me, this … Continue reading A Guest Post by Author Larry Kahaner

A First-Rate Fish Tale of a Thriller: USA, Inc. – A Review

BOOK | FICTION | THRILLER USA, Inc. (A Mike Wardman Novel: Book 1) by Larry Kahaner RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★   When acclaimed and prolific author, investigative journalist, and private investigator Larry Kahaner reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving a copy of his latest thriller, USA, … Continue reading A First-Rate Fish Tale of a Thriller: USA, Inc. – A Review

On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde

  Quantum Mutata* THERE was a time in Europe long ago When no man died for freedom anywhere, But England's lion leaping from its lair Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so While England could a great Republic show. Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair The Pontiff … Continue reading On Being Irishman Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde

KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

You know, in the past, regardless the president in power, it has always pretty much been a constant whine from all the many millions of gun lovers toting their many more millions of guns that their Second Amendment rights are under constant attack by a relentless blizzard of liberal, commie-shaped snowflakes... so their steady stream … Continue reading KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS

“Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section”

I wish I were smart enough to be able to claim this post's eye/brain-catching headline as my own. But, alas, I cannot because I got it from this read-worthy #longread of an article written by John Feffer, a journalist and author who, with his read-worthy article, attempts to (in subtle sublimity) -- and in my … Continue reading “Post-apocalyptic fiction has been moved to our current affairs section”

Meet our 2016 National Book Award Winner

Colson Whitehead was born in 1969, and was raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music... COLSONWHITEHEAD.COM 2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER “[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel... It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by … Continue reading Meet our 2016 National Book Award Winner