T Ruth

Another bit from THM (I'm calling his segments The Heintzelman Maneuver), my old writing buddy from the Blue Moon, gone now, but I still have a few of his papers that he gave me. I think he had a book in mind, celebrating the folks he knew from the bar. I do much the same thing in "A Dream of Houses." I didn't know T Ruth (before my time?), but I think I recognize "Molly." Read more about T Ruth


Writing Myself

I recently did a podcast interview and one of the questions was, “Do you put yourself in any of your stories?”

I said yes, I did, all three of my novels have some version of me and make use of people I know or have known.

That’s true, but I wish I had been able to expand on that. The way it is, it sounds as if my novels are autobiographical, and they are not. Read more about Writing Myself


Flight into Fantasy

I read lots of good books. Lots of non-fiction. Today, I’m reading Toynbee’s A Study of History. It has characters who figured long ago in far away places with strange sounding names. Judas Maccabaeus. Bar Kokaba. Mithradates, King of Pontus. Spartacus. There is a lot in history that parallels what we are currently experiencing that I find interesting. Read more about Flight into Fantasy


Why Kindle?

I hear a lot of complaining about the loss of real books – as if a work published on Kindle is not, in fact, a book. Just looked up the definition of “book” – it has been updated thus: Read more about Why Kindle?



It isn't TV's fault that I haven't finished reading another book in time to review. That honor goes to the work I'm trying to do in promoting my own books and writing pieces like this. However, 2018 has so far been another cornucopia of narrative riches, and before the summer season kicks off, I thought it might help to revisit some of those. They will all be on On Demand or Netflix soon, I'm sure, so here goes. Read more about Must-See-TV


The Handmaid’s Tale - A Primer

I’m watching the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and I encourage everyone who can (it’s on Hulu) to join me.

Here’s the thing: this season spends some time chronicling the first intimations of change in what was, at the beginning, a world we recognize as our own. Suddenly there are more intrusive questions asked, women need a husband’s signature for birth control pills, identification as LGBTQ becomes, not illegal but … problematic. Read more about The Handmaid’s Tale - A Primer