Oh, Daniel James Brown, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love the way you write. I love the way you write. I love the way you research. I love the way you pace your books. I love the gentle yet firm way you handle characters (are they called characters in… Read More I love how you write, Daniel James Brown
It’s been quite a summer. I haven’t been blogging much because, you know, summer. Alaska. Long daylight. Too many hours to play, But I have been writing. Not as much as I could or should have been, but I did manage to write something almost every day, even if it was only a few scribbles… Read More Two publications, and where did summer go?
The damnest thing happened last month. Seriously (our dog) and I were running trails with a friend and her husky, when we saw a lone black bear. And Seriously walked over and kissed it. WTF, eh? Here’s how it happened. We were on the Campbell Tract trails and stopped to water the dogs by the… Read More My dog kissed a bear (Seriously) and, yes, yes, it’s summer in Alaska
My hybrid creative nonfiction work How Mary, Joseph and Jesus F*cked Up My Love Life is up at The Hunger Journal. It’s an odd piece written in an odd style that merges religion with attitudes about sex, desire, loneliness and the rest of that complex and maddening stuff. Here is a sample: Fact: I rode down… Read More New work up at The Hunger Journal
I was in a slump. I returned to Alaska a few weeks ago, everything muddy and brown, the trees bare of leaves, last year’s trash blowing across the streets. I was used to the sun-filled warmth of Tucson, to hot days and balmy nights, to sitting out in the yard and reading and then running… Read More Award-winning essay, and returning to Alaska
I seem to be on a YA kick lately. Maybe I’m trying to recapture my own childhood or maybe I’m looking for a less complex way of looking at the world. Whatever the case, it’s refreshing to read YA novels, refreshing to sink down into a world where adulthood is still foreign, where the days… Read More Book Review: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt
The Book of Joe, by Jonathan Tropper, Bantam Books, 368 pages I don’t often read books by men. I don’t go out of my way to avoid them. It’s just that I seem drawn to women’s voice, women’s stories. Too many male authors seem to write too much on the surface. What I like, and… Read More Book review: The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper