The Catherine Wheel

I first noticed the wolf in East Africa. Heard of brothers fighting and killing each other outside Makamba, daughters poisoning fathers in Goma, laughing while their houses burned, and everywhere the ritual of suffering enacted with a kind of desperate abandon. So I knew it had come around to this once again: an axe age,… Continue reading The Catherine Wheel

Ex Inferis

Astrid went up the spiral stair and, keeping her knees bent, made her way to the back corner of the deserted observation deck where her mother sat knitting and frowning at Nebraska. “This state is endless,” her mother said, an expression of abject disgust in the turned-down corners of her mouth. “And boring. I have… Continue reading Ex Inferis

Kill the Beta Reader

I'm sitting in a cafe in downtown London with a show tune version of the Doors' “People are Strange” playing overhead. At some point, some focus group, some collection of sample listeners employed by a marketing concern or polled through a survey, decided that this schmaltzy cover was better than the original. Based on their… Continue reading Kill the Beta Reader

Problems and Solutions, Part 2: This is Why You Fail

​Here are some random thoughts on getting creative work done with a minimum of grief. Basic Artistic Needs.  In order to write, I need, at minimum: 1. Quiet. 2. Solitude. 3. Minimal levels of discomfort​ - i.e. not feeling feverish and sick (including being hung over, exhausted, or otherwise ill), the heater not turned all… Continue reading Problems and Solutions, Part 2: This is Why You Fail

Art is Your Right

Don’t buy into the romantic assumption that being a creative artist is easy for those who are truly talented and meant to do it.  This is a materialistic commercial lie.  Something I believe: art is part of being human and must therefore be available to everyone.  And those who do it right never find it… Continue reading Art is Your Right