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?

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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

The Irrepressible Nature of Irony*

Or, Nothing Is As It Appears To Be If you were to do a search on my site for the word "irony" -- and why would you? -- but, if you were to, of the ten results you would receive, the first three would have the word "irony" in their heading, so it's easy to … Continue reading The Irrepressible Nature of Irony*

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

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

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

What Will It Take?

I've lost several fb friends and many followers here because of my relentless fixation on Trump's autocratic aspirations and the similarities between his rise to power with Hitler's. I ain't gonna lie to you -- I've often in the past second-guessed myself and wondered if I, in fact, wasn't just being too alarmist and snowflake-like … Continue reading What Will It Take?

“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

H. R. McMaster, Reporting for Duty, Sir!

Well, since Trump scared away all the qualified civilians who might have been remotely interested in taking over as his new National Security Advisor, he had to put on his Commander-In-Chief cap and order an active duty general officer to take the job. From what I can tell, Lieutenant General McMaster has the intellectual and … Continue reading H. R. McMaster, Reporting for Duty, Sir!

So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat. To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform … Continue reading So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…