I love how fiction warps the mind. Today's example… I think I only dream in present tense, though time is surreal in dreams. When recounting a dream, I think I do so in past tense, though with the occasional foray into present tense. Surely some dreams are exciting enough to relay in real time. The… Continue reading Dream Tense
How do you say goodbye to a brief universe inside you? Find out in my latest flash fiction, "Glimmering Sidewalks," published in the first zine from The Racket: Quarantine Journal. What amount of effort went into getting "Glimmering Sidewalks" published? 300 words2 drafts15 submissions14 rejections, 6 encouraging rejections These numbers are on par with my… Continue reading How Leaving San Francisco Got Me Published… in a San Francisco Zine
How much does chivalry really cost on a summer night where young ideals are alive and well? Find out the dollar answer and its unexpected justification in "The Price of Chivalry," my most recent short story publication, available now in From Whispers to Roars: Volume 2, Issue 2. What amount of effort went into getting… Continue reading How Long Did It Take for My First Submittable Acceptance to be Published?
What it took to get to my first published piece of fiction.
Here's a recording of a poem I published a month ago, Color Me Synesthesia: (If you don't see anything above, listen to the track on SoundCloud.) before, I was but a pencil line _______________, simple little stroke, lacking even a squiggle but you you traced me well, gave me depth & Definition a flair of ink,… Continue reading Color Me Synesthesia (audio)
Haikubes are a small collection of blocks you can use to write haiku. You can roll two inspiration dice and write on that theme. I played around with these last month and dug them out again tonight. Here's what I came up with when I rolled [ die 1 ] and [ die 2 ]:… Continue reading Haikubes, again
before, I was but a pencil line _______________, simple little stroke, lacking even a squiggle but you you traced me well, gave me depth & Definition a flair of ink, a dash of curve~ discovered fingerprints with graphite, the shade of skin with lead of many shades of gray, revised my irises until they were… Continue reading Color Me Synesthesia
Haikubes are a small collection of blocks you can use to write haiku. You can roll two inspiration dice and write on that theme. My friend Jay Marie and I recently played around with these. Here's what I came up with when I rolled [ die 1 ] and [ die 2 ]: [ a vision… Continue reading Haikubes
Until recently, I believed being in love was my purpose in life. That's why the last chapter of blinks of awe, "a lonely heart," is last. It's one of the ways I've been consciously de-emphasizing this once omnipotent force. But being last is not just an act of defiant neglect. It's also the writer's last… Continue reading blinks of awe themes: romantic antics
It's hard to write about the poems in the third chapter of blinks of awe, th' Lost & Young, without getting lost in thought about the people who inspired them. One endured one of the ghastliest things anyone could experience and went on to rebuild and build. Another isn't here anymore. Another is still growing… Continue reading blinks of awe themes: losing youth
It's fitting that "tiny anomalies" is the shortest chapter in blinks of awe because it refers to largely forgotten parts of life. When picking poems for blinks of awe, I tried to group them together thematically and emotionally. Most poems carried many feelings and suggested very clear categories but soon something else snuck up on me. I first… Continue reading blinks of awe themes: the in-between
"preDawn", the first chapter of blinks of awe, touches on traveling, inspiration, the deep corners of the night, and nostalgia. Though the latter is only directly referenced in two of the seven poems, it drives the other topics and ideas in its own unique way. Nostalgia has been a pet topic of mine for years.… Continue reading blinks of awe themes: nostalgia