Join Me for a Virtual Literary Pub Crawl

Every year, Creative Colloquy hosts a literary pub crawl in downtown Tacoma. In 2020, due to the pandemic, CC is bringing the stories to you. This year’s Creative Colloquy Crawl will be 100% online, all-ages and spread over a whole weekend of literary awesomeness, kicking off with a virtual happy hour on Friday, October 2.Continue reading “Join Me for a Virtual Literary Pub Crawl”

New Short Story: Bad Air and Bitter Herbs

Sometime in late April, I fell down a rabbit hole of links learning about the history of the plague in Europe. It was a dark impulse in the middle of a modern-day pandemic, but I became fascinated by the plague doctor costume, a head-to-toe covering designed to protect the physician from infected patients. Through myContinue reading “New Short Story: Bad Air and Bitter Herbs”

Lies, Damn Lies and Fiction

Two years ago, I read a short story I had written called “The Cannibals of Kitsap.” The story follows a boy who develops an eating disorder after his father loses his job. After the reading, a woman walked up to ask me how the story ended. “Did your father find another job after that,” sheContinue reading “Lies, Damn Lies and Fiction”

New Short Story: “How to Steal Copper Wire”

A few years ago, a news article caught my attention. An epidemic was sweeping the nation — copper wire theft. People were stealing wire from streetlights and utilities and many of them were getting killed by electrocution in the process. I remember thinking it was a strange kind of crime. Not long after, I sawContinue reading “New Short Story: “How to Steal Copper Wire””

Wiseguys with Fedoras in the Shadows: Why I Love Telling Noir Stories

I’ve always loved a good crime drama. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with the film noir classics — Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, D.O.A., Dark Passage. There is something about the tense atmosphere and moral ambiguity of the genre that fascinates me. A sense of doom permeated those films, especially theContinue reading “Wiseguys with Fedoras in the Shadows: Why I Love Telling Noir Stories”

Writing About the Great War

One hundred years ago today, millions of men in Europe were fighting and dying in trenches in a war that not only unleashed the terror of modern warfare on the world, but set the stage for nearly every conflict that would follow in the 20th century. I’m referring, of course, to the Great War, which todayContinue reading “Writing About the Great War”

A Modern Christmas Story

This Christmas Eve, as you gather with family and wait for jolly old Saint Nick to come down to the chimney to leave gifts under the tree, I’m sure you’re wondering — how does Santa decide who gets presents and who gets coal? I set out to answer that question in my newest short story.Continue reading “A Modern Christmas Story”

New Short Story: “Inheritance”

My newest short story, “Inheritance,” was just published by Creative Colloquy. Two old friends take on a massive project when they renovate an old theatre and run into some unexpected trouble. I’d appreciate it if you’d take a few minutes to read it. Read Inheritance now! While you’re on CC’s site, you should also checkContinue reading “New Short Story: “Inheritance””

The Brutal, Delicate Art of Revision

In my first writing class, back in high school, my teacher once said that all writing is rewriting. For some reason, I was certain that rule didn’t apply to me. All of my fiction was perfect from the moment it was written down. I scoffed at second and third drafts. I was in love withContinue reading “The Brutal, Delicate Art of Revision”

All Gathered Around the Campfire

There is something amazing about reading something you’ve written in front of an audience and feeling that they hanging on your every word. It’s a primal satisfaction; like what our ancestors must’ve felt telling stories around the campfire. When the reader and the listener are in sync, riding the plot’s roller coaster together, there’s noContinue reading “All Gathered Around the Campfire”