No One Gets Out of Here Alive

“Take a good hard look for the very last time.” Dave Grohl Obviously, as a rock and roll fan, I’m crushed by the sudden death of Taylor Hawkins. I haven’t exactly been moping around the house the last couple days, but I’ll admit that the 50 year old’s death in Bogota, Columbia on Friday shookContinue reading “No One Gets Out of Here Alive”

Internet Culture is Boring

“Opinions are like assholes . . . ” Anonymous When you start having opinions about other people’s opinions, it’s time to re-think some things. That’s a pretty common sense thing to say, right? Because an opinion, like that particular body part, is something we all have. Even when we don’t know shit about a topic,Continue reading “Internet Culture is Boring”

An Interview with Me; More Than You Probably Wanted to Know

Hi everyone. For this week’s blog, I’m cheating. The interview below was published earlier this month on It’s double the length of what’s below (here’s a direct link to the full text). Consider this a bit of a teaser. Give us a brief description of your book(s). Feel free to list as many asContinue reading “An Interview with Me; More Than You Probably Wanted to Know”

A Year in (the) Rear-view

Looking back on the first year of New Bayou Books What Does 52 Weeks Get You? It’s been about a year since I started this blog. And on one hand, a lot has happened. On the other, not much.  I’ve been making notes on the lessons I’ve learned over the past 52ish weeks. They fallContinue reading “A Year in (the) Rear-view”

Turns Out, There’s More Great Louisiana Books Out There Than I Thought . . . But Still Not Enough

It’s been a surprisingly busy week. All of a sudden there’s all kinds of new shit I need to do [this is the part where I refrain from listing all those things], but all I really want to do is keep writing The Asian Cajun, just so I can see if Horace ends up withContinue reading “Turns Out, There’s More Great Louisiana Books Out There Than I Thought . . . But Still Not Enough”

A Tip of the Glass to P.J O’Fucking Rourke

“Of course, it’s a shame to waste young lives behaving this way – speeding around all tanked up with your feet hooked in the steering wheel while your date crawls around on the floor mats opening zippers with her teeth and pounding on the accelerator with an empty liquor bottle.”  P. J. O’Rourke, Republican PartyContinue reading “A Tip of the Glass to P.J O’Fucking Rourke”

The Meaning is in the Commitment

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein So, coming up on my one year anniversary of writing this blog, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Not so much about the blog, specifically. More about New Bayou Books overall and what I’m trying toContinue reading “The Meaning is in the Commitment”

Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to Old Habits and Friends (and Welcome New Ones)

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn Last year at this time I was in the process of finishing my first book (Tattoos and Tans), and I still really didn’t know my ass from a hole in the ground. I didn’t understand the writing process. IContinue reading “Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to Old Habits and Friends (and Welcome New Ones)”

Support South-Louisiana Writers

Last year I published two works of modern fiction set in South-Louisiana. Sadly, they might be the only two books set in Acadiana that came out last year. I don’t know about you, but to my way of thinking, that’s an absolute tragedy. The world needs more South-Louisiana writers, and more support from readers. AreContinue reading “Support South-Louisiana Writers”

When Your Old Stuff Makes You Cringe

Let me start by apologizing for my use of the word “cringe” in the title of this blog. It’s a perfectly good word, but I’ve come to hate it because it’s so often associated with cancel culture. You hear talking heads on YouTube using it to pass judgment on people who have the gall toContinue reading “When Your Old Stuff Makes You Cringe”