WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Songs and stories: a different process?

Writing songs vs writing fiction. Compare and contrast. I have to think that different parts of the brain are involved in the two processes. Usually, I’ll start a piece of … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 12 Comments

On a wing and a player

This essay on the art of improvisation appealed to me the other day. Lately my creative juices are running more toward music than fiction, so I read it from that … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 16 Comments

Old man, look at my life …

I was always having impromptu one-on-ones with panhandlers and ragged-looking old men dispensing advice. Always minding my own business, but they’d come up to me and say things like, “You’re … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 11 Comments

A diversion for when things get cuckoo, i.e., every day

Kinetic sculptor John Edmark says this about his freaky animations: Blooms are 3D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sound thinking from a younger self

My foray into old journals recently prompted me to look into more recent notes to reassure myself that I’m not really an 18th century fop deep down. Luckily, I ran … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Brain candy

Here’s a weird wild diversion to get you through the last Monday before Christmas. Probably safer than dropping acid, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you get flashbacks from it. … Continue reading

December 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

A snorkel to the universe? David Foster Wallace on writing …

There are plenty of gems in this brief interview, but if you need a little dose of inspiration because you wonder why you’re doing this (writing, that is), give it … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · 6 Comments

The week before Fascination

So Fascination is coming out next week, or thereabouts. This is all very relaxed and informal — #guerrillapublishing, right? — but let’s call August 8 – 12 Launch Week. Tomorrow … Continue reading

August 1, 2016 · 6 Comments

Watch this space

Time to talk about my next book, which I’ll be “publishing” soon. In a unique way. Back in April, I told you about my plans to do a “writer-to-reader” publication … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 16 Comments

Ghosts in the attic

Funny how, when you’re young and not quite aware yet that you want to be a novelist, your experiences get parked in a special crate in your head for easy … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 12 Comments