Quit Grabbing My T-Shirt


One of the nicest and most terrible things about life is that each time I think I’m truly at the point where I’ve gotten overloaded and I’m starting to hate all my commitments, something comes along that I truly want to add to the stack. Writing this piece of flash fiction was like that.

It’s my second work for that magical site, The RS 500, the place where writers address each of Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 Albums of All Time with a poem or essay.

This month, I had the honor – and I’m saying that with a true heart – of writing about Eminem’s Slim Shady LP. Although let’s not talk about when it was released because sweet lord, high school was a long time ago when you look at the numbers).

Eminem was a violent genius, furious at his world and lit up by his own tenderness. He felt disconnected from reality and seeing this disconnect when others didn’t made it that much worse. I write about this album, and those feelings, in the context of a long-distance relationship between two lovers – one of whom is deployed overseas.

Check it out: http://www.thers500.com/albums/275-eminem-the-slim-shady-lp-1999/



Five Years a Slave

FullSizeRender (1) copyHappy birthday and five-year publishing anniversary to my first book, All Downhill from Ivan Puffenbarger. I posted on Facebook yesterday (the anniversary of the launch party, which is one of my most treasured memories) about this and was surprised to find people commenting on where in the world their copies of my book are. As friends have moved abroad (or have remained abroad), versions of All Downhill have ended up in such remote locales as Australia, Switzerland and yes, even Texas.

Though it isn’t my favorite writing, mostly, I remain proud to have created something and honored to have readers who liked it.