What You Do with Erosion

There’s a utilities easement not far away from where we live. When we first moved there, it was a decent sort of meadow, full of fire ant hills and nasty burs and waist-high thorny bushes and other things that want to stab you. Still, all naturally occurring parts of the Central Texas ecosystem. Now, IContinue reading “What You Do with Erosion”

Favorite Reading of 2022

Some favorites released in 2022: Sea of Tranquility. Multiple timelines, a sci-fi edge, well-drawn characters. A story about plagues and how much we can affect the world around us. My favorite of the year. Joan Is Okay. A touching and hilarious voice, an endearing narrator, and an engrossing story of New York in 2020, COVIDContinue reading “Favorite Reading of 2022”

Don’t Look Too Close: 2022 at a Glance

This year was an exercise in changing focus. Many times. I began the year by sending out queries for a novel, and then promptly putting that novel out of my mind to focus on a new book. Then, in the summer, I turned to short stories for a bit to give the other book timeContinue reading “Don’t Look Too Close: 2022 at a Glance”

Past Cast Hast Passed at Last

In 2022, I have read not one, not two, but three novels in which people experience some variety of trauma as young theater students, and then years later confront the effects on their lives. They’re all very well written, but I gotta say, you guys… I don’t know what kind of theater classes y’all attended,Continue reading “Past Cast Hast Passed at Last”

September Renewal

Two weeks ago, a cool front came through, marking the first relief Central Texas has had from its second-hottest summer on record. Suddenly, we can breathe again. In quick succession, a few other developments have tumbled forth. I’ve signed the contract for my horror story “Justice Turns the Balance Scales” to appear in a forthcomingContinue reading “September Renewal”