WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Loitering in the boneyard

Somehow this one eluded me when it came out in 2016. It’s a novel by the Irish writer, Mike McCormack, and it carries the rare distinction of being composed of … Continue reading

December 2, 2021 · 6 Comments

Fiction writers who write poetry? 🤔

I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but, as I mentioned on Twitter the other day, I’ve been—super uncharacteristically—writing some poetry lately. Not sure what prompted me to dive in, … Continue reading

November 12, 2021 · 6 Comments

All my flash fiction in one convenient spot

I’ve added a page to the blog menu on the left sidebar, labeled “Flash fiction.” There you can see the little pieces I’ve been lucky enough to have published (or … Continue reading

October 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

You’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’ve been sending out flash fiction to little online mags for the past year. And I’ve garnered eight acceptances in that time, … Continue reading

October 14, 2021 · 8 Comments

I wouldn’t want tibia

Recently I turned you on to the new horror title by the supremely talented Alex Vorkov. Let me add to your Halloween-season TBR list by recommending the latest thriller by … Continue reading

October 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing for writing’s sake

I think this is where I find myself at this late date: writing for writing’s sake. For decades now, I’ve been writing with the goal of publishing and attracting readers … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paxson’s passion

Good friend of the blog, Mark Paxson, has a new book out, everyone. It’s called The Dime, and it tells the story of three young people in an upstate New … Continue reading

June 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

A writer’s dilemma …

I don’t want you to think that I’m only going to write about politics from now on, so here’s a writing post.  Writers face a lot of conundrums and have … Continue reading

May 31, 2021 · 6 Comments

New rules

Artist Richard Diebenkorn had some rules about the way he should approach his work. I can’t remember where I got these, but I was inspired enough to copy and paste … Continue reading

May 10, 2021 · 14 Comments

A cautionary tale for writers

Boy, was I happy when I got one of my new flash pieces accepted by an online literary mag! I hadn’t submitted anything new in ages, feeling like it would … Continue reading

October 8, 2020 · 6 Comments