WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Last boat leaving: When your novel-writing mojo has sailed into the sunset

As this year chugs steadily toward its terminus, I’m just now realizing that it’s probably the first year in a good many that I haven’t written, or made a lot … Continue reading

November 28, 2022 · 10 Comments

Don’t throw out your old manuscripts!

I’m doing it again. Querying a novel. A few months ago I queried one that I wrote last year while the pandemic was still raging and even included a pandemic … Continue reading

October 17, 2022 · 15 Comments

New poetry by the reluctant poet

I wanted to share a couple of recent publications with you, poems appearing in Scapegoat Review and the interestingly named talking about strawberries all of the time. One poem in … Continue reading

October 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

What’s up with THAT?

America has a pronoun problem. I’m not going where you think with this. No, I’m not about to touch gender in this space, though it is a touchy subject. It’s … Continue reading

September 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

Follow your bliss, basically …

For whatever reason, I sat down and wrote a post called “Advice For Young Writers,” but almost as soon as I finished it I realized I’m not one to be … Continue reading

August 26, 2022 · 3 Comments

Stoned on Stone

I’ve just finished a literary biography that has forced me to rethink yet another idol of mine. This time it’s Child of Light: A Biography of Robert Stone by Madison … Continue reading

July 29, 2022 · 4 Comments

Thanks but no thanks

Here’s a first for me. Last week I had to decline publication in a literary magazine. Don’t get me wrong—it killed me to have to do it. And it’s a … Continue reading

July 20, 2022 · 8 Comments

End notes …

I might very well be finished writing novels. That’s not an easy thing for me to write. It’s like saying my heart has stopped beating or I don’t like music … Continue reading

July 18, 2022 · 38 Comments

I made this poem for you 😃

I thought I’d share one of the poems that just came out in Misfit Magazine. Just a little wacky wisdom for your Thursday contemplation. Here you go:   Life Instructions … Continue reading

May 19, 2022 · 4 Comments

My first published poem!

Last week I was fortunate enough to see the very first publication of a poem I wrote, in an excellent new journal called The Elevation Review. The zine is a … Continue reading

April 18, 2022 · 6 Comments