FULL BLEED: BENIGN NEGLECT

Ready to put summer well behind me. The last several months have been asphalt on the tongue rough, and seemingly unending. When you’re in a grim situation and it seems like it’s always been that way and like it will ever be this way? That’s exhausting in a way that’s tough to describe. That said, […]






FULL BLEED: WHERE DID I LEAVE THAT FIRE?

I didn’t come up with that phrase. Neko Case did. She’s a better writer than she’ll ever get credit for. At least I assume that. I don’t read record reviews or thinkpieces, though I’ve been known to read histories (oral and otherwise). I mean, she wrote the line “I wanted so badly not to be […]






THE BLACK MASS VARIATIONS

So awhile ago, I wrote this story for an anthology that had one of those open calls that you hear about, but never seem to quite work out. I don’t get it. I mean, they wanted stories about the Apocalypse, and boy is this one ever. I know. They wanted some good ‘ol misery-wallowing, which […]






BLACK PHASE

Been working up to this one for awhile. Been a hell of a last six weeks or so. Really been a pretty draining year up to this date. The turning of the solstice didn’t magically fix anything either (not that I expected it to — I’m a grownup.) See, there’s some things that don’t get […]






SOME SAY THAT THIS YARN IS THE ONLY THING THAT HOLDS THIS MAN TOGETHER

And some say he was never here at all. That’s a line from a Tom Waits song. He might’ve even written it. But then he said a there was a woman who was harder than Chinese algebra and I guess Stephen King heralded that as a great noir line from an author this year, 2015. […]






THE PRICE OF FAILURE

  No, really. That’s a song title. Right here. I’m often asked for writing advice, and I try to be respectful in my answers, though I bet I’m not good at that part. The hellish thing of it is that… Well, there’s several. 1) Folks think I’m a potential source of good information regarding their […]






SIX-FINGERED HAND

I was gonna go with “Six Act Play” but the other one sounds so much cooler (and is a nice callout to one of my favorite DEFENDERS runs from when I was a kid.) So let’s talk a little about structure. It’s a thing that I’ve been thinking about, trying to figure out how to […]






I NEVER HELD IT AT THE RIGHT ANGLE

Genre is a trap you shouldn’t fall into too hard if you can avoid it.






Photos from Seattle/Emerald City Comic Convention, 2015

Quick update to let you know that I’ve posted the best of the photos from my recent(ish) trip to Seattle to attend the Emerald City Comic Convention a couple months back. View the set here.






THE NEW BLACK

Photo from this photoset, taken by me just last week. THE NEW BLACK Time for a change. And this is an easy one to make. Let’s us be honest for a moment. Blogs aren’t something done to build an audience with these days. They’re value-added. So when folks can’t get enough of someone’s work, well, […]