The Shoot (Part Nine)

“Maybe we should just call it a day,” Mike says. “No,” Miranda says flatly. “We need more material.” “It’s too dark to shoot now,” Mike says, raising a hand to the sky. “The sun’s been setting for the past hour.” “It isn’t setting,” Miranda says as if she can reverse time through sheer tyranny of…Read more The Shoot (Part Nine)

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Billy Joel Was Right!

I'm not sure how old I was when I heard Billy Joel's "The Entertainer" for the first time, but I distinctly remember taking note of the part where he sings that it took him years to write his latest song and that although they were the best years of his life, the song ran too…Read more Billy Joel Was Right!

Public Displays of Affectation

In addition to working on my own writing, I've been helping my friend Shaun Haurin with a collection of short stories titled Public Displays of Affectation. It's the last book I'll be working on for PS Books, and I've had a hand in almost all aspects of the production -- working with Shaun on the…Read more Public Displays of Affectation

A Kind of Jesus Figure

Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little to "meta," since Charley and his students are discussing his life as if it's a…Read more A Kind of Jesus Figure

The Teaching Assistant

Here's another passage that didn't make the cut because it was a little too close to my own life. I also wasn't entirely enamored with the use of "you" in this one. It struck me as if the narrator were trying uncharacteristically hard to be chummy with the reader. The Teaching Assistant The only reason…Read more The Teaching Assistant