Books from Abroad

I'm back from a six week tour and study trip to four different countries and, thanks to jet lag, my brain is wide awake while my body is still confused as to whether it's time for second breakfast or a mid-morning nap. So I will take advantage of this forced downtime to go on my…

Writing a Child

I often refer to my novel as "my baby" and I know this is a tiny bit weird. But, being a writer, I really could not care less if I'm weird. Still, I think I have a valid point when I call my novel a baby, as...   "Writing a Child"   It changes each…

To the Books on my Shelf: A Sonnet

  Too often, I find myself staring in admiration at my bookshelves. The ornate covers of collectables, the crackled pages of old favorites, the bright illustrations of new editions... *sigh of delight* To my abashment (isn't that a lovely word for a not-so-lovely feeling?), I own and admire many books I have yet to actually…

Students Starve as College Cuts Pizza from Menu

Tens of students at a local college are suffering from varying degrees of starvation as the school dining service recently decided to cut pizza from its daily meal offerings.  "I just don't know what else to do," sobbed one student, his stomach growling in agreement. "I mean, what am I supposed to do? I've been…

A Lesson from a Hat

I remember Meg Ryan's character in one of my all time favorite movies, You've Got Mail, saying of a wayward butterfly, "I believe he was going to Bloomingdale's to buy a hat, which will turn out to be a mistake, as nearly all hats are." I recently learned from a particularly unique hat that this is…

A Bigfoot Story

I'm currently on vacation in Montana with my family, staying in a charming cabin near Glacier National Park. The cabin has a guestbook in which visitors are asked to record the highlights of their stay. In flipping through it I became bored immediately. Most people wrote things like this:  "Ate pizza and went skiing. Fun…

The Word Crimes Inferno

In reading Dante's Inferno, I was struck by his ability to identify, categorize, and assign fitting punishments to various sins. This is not perhaps the most cheerful observation, but it was certainly intriguing and made me think (apologies for the morbidity): what crimes I would punish were I to write a modern Inferno and how would I…

A Europe State of Mind 

It has now been over a month since I returned from the trip of a lifetime: a two-and-a-half week journey through Europe with my family. When I call it the "trip of a lifetime", I mean it! Sure, I had to punch my snoring relatives in the middle of the night once in a while,…

Research…it’s Legit

As a writer, I frequently find myself researching topics that are...strange, to say the least. In the past I have spent late night sessions researching homemade poisons, mustache puns, medieval makeup, symptoms of consumption, ways to recycle a goat carcass, and what happens inside a morgue. Oh, and let's not forget unibrow jokes. Anyway, in case…