Face In the wall

On Writing, Running, Shame and Authenticity

I didn’t run the 50 miler I’d signed up for in May. Life got complicated, and I re-prioritized all kinds of stuff. Running too. But in deciding not to run the race, not to keep training for the race, I got a chance to think a good deal more about…


Ultra-midlife crisis redux, the next 50-miler, and again, ‘why run?’

I put off signing up for the next race for a long time, until I was deep into what should have been the training cycle, especially if the next race was going to be a fifty miler. I held onto a baseline of marathon fitness and mental well being, running…


SlushPile Hell Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Compendium of Bad Query Letters To Lit Agents

SlushPile Hell describes itself as “One grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense.”  If you’ve ever read (or written and submitted) queries to literary agents, this compendium of atrocious epistles and wry commentary is worth checking out. (I tweeted a link to SlushPile Hell a…


Readings schedule in support of the Live Free or Undead Anthology

I’m doing three readings (along with other writer contributors) in October in support of the Live Free or Undead Anthology, a collection of Granite State Horror fiction edited by Rick Broussard and published by George Geers up at Plaidswede Press. The anthology is first in a series of books of…


Whither the Talk and the Tunes?

Going into what feels like my fourth serious training cycle somewhere in my second year of more intense running (as opposed to the 3 mile run 3 times a week habit I maintained for years prior), I’ve noticed a lot of changes about the way I approach running, physically, mentally…


Facebook and The Serious Writer

Drawing pictures with the kids this morning – here’s mine.  I guess reading the New Yorker’s summer fiction issue this week has got me imitating a certain style here…  And no, I haven’t gotten any writing done yet this weekend.


Finishing ScriptFrenzy and lessons learned about fitting writing into a busy life

I just finished writing my 100 page (102, really) screenplay in 30 days. So this is going to be a really short blog post. I decided to take on the ScriptFrenzy.org challenge for a number of reasons — none of which had to do with me having free time to…


A book for writers and runners

Just finished Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Murakami is a Japanese novelist and distance runner who weaves the two interests together in this plainspoken book on how these two activities feed each other, compliment each other, and seem to appeal to a certain personality…


Keep an Eye Out For The Next Issue of Shroud Magazine…

… containing a blood curdling story from yours truly.


A Professional Religion Writer With Zero Understanding Of Catholic Beliefs About Communion

And it seems, very little respect for the beliefs and traditions of other people. These would be traits one would expect to be present in greater quality and quanity in a professional religion writer. Washington Post/Newsweek writer Sally Quinn on taking communion at Tim Russert's funeral: "Last Wednesday at Tim's…