What happens when you give Swahili Sue a generous grant of two thousand American? Sue, with the entrepreneurial spirit of her long-necked ancestors, is able to collect shiny pebbles, paying the kids of distant tribesmen sweatshop wages to gather shells (dead animals or bullet casings, either one), while her cousin, the one who owns the funky bodega (which he secretly runs a Nigerian email scam out of), sells her radiator wire from junked and burned out vehicles.
You may or may not know that for the last year I’ve been working on a novel entitled Wayland. It is the story of a man who travels across the ruined landscape of America with a young boy. Unlike Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, this is not the story of a hopeless post-apocalyptic future, but is [...]
I’m always doubly and triply astonished at the manic pace of time for me these days. There’s simply no hint of moderation or even sad but useless regret–it’s just gone without a whisper, without a trace of its former glory or presence. Time just isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully, I still have more [...]
It is important to remember that despite having an unhealthy interest in thrift store fashions and coffee shop writing sprees, and having a modest income and an even more modest sense of decorum in professional and intimate social gatherings, I have never had any problem advertising my ineptitude, apathy, delirious naivete, and oblivious ignorance of [...]
Monday. A time for speculation, gray matter scratching, pondering, waking up slowly, and meandering inside the comforting and familiar space of a coffee shop. At least, that’s what most Mondays are to me. Not today. Took one of the roommates to work in Van Nuys, due to his car being out of commission. The drive [...]
I was checking out the website of the Austin film and video production company Matthew and Company when I realized I could pretty easily set up something like this myself. I’ve got the ability to shoot and edit commercials for local companies who are just looking to get a presence out there and have a [...]
Those who don’t know, I recently quit my job and went back to freelance work. I have a gig straight out of the gate, and I’m finding my interest in life and writing and other endeavors has generally started to return. Before I was an empty husk, a worthless chunk of man working for the [...]
Reuters UK has published my review of the recent Jesse James film.
I finally took the plunge and invested $1,000 into a Roth IRA. This is something I’ve been contemplating for the last five years or so, ever since I realized that investing was not something I should wait on, and then went ahead and waited on it. So this is a good first step for me. [...]
Blogging ain’t what it used to be. Or more accurately, I’m not what I used to be. Blogging has become, unfortunately, a leisure I no longer have time to afford, though that will hopefully be changing over the next month or so. Due to the time constraints, I’ve had virtually no time to do any [...]