AIPF Publication

One of my haikus, “Neutered,” was selected for publication in the 2017 Di-AIPF verse-city anthology. It’s a sweet little thing, and hopefully you’ll see it in the Anthology if you’re an Austin poet. It’ll be part of a larger Austin…

Business Trip — For a Novel

Okay, rented the car. Packing tonight, off tomorrow for a book research road trip at the crack of dark. I’ll be hitting various places in West Texas over the next few days. This will be the first time I’ll be…

Middle Novel Writing Spread

I’m somewhere at the 95k mark in my current novel in progress. I’d assessed it at 130k-150k for the first draft, and I still think that’s a good target number. (Of course, given how I’ve been glaring at previously written…

T.C. Boyle Interview

I caught the “Overheard with Evan Smith” interview of T.C. Boyle last night, driving back¬†after writing for several hours at a couple of good spots. (Where to write: another conundrum for me, at least.) One interesting point the author made…

On Span of Memory and Tools

Last week a fellow writer was discussing the trouble with editing a document that had been laid down for a while. Keeping the entire novel in one’s head, the writer said, was important when making¬†edits with large blocks of text…

On Characters with PTSD

One should write what one knows, goes the hoary advice. And it’s true: stories are vibrant, clear, more memorable and more interesting when the writer really knows their subject matter, whether it’s a location, a type of character, or an…