How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar

Readers: I’m going to write another chapter to the little short story I posted last week. Here’s the opening paragraphs . . . what do you think? The short answer was it paid better than McDonalds. And she could smoke on the job. And the hours were better, though that one wasn’t as clear cut.Continue reading “How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar”

A Baseball Short Story

So, I had this idea to write a handful of short stories, all set in South Louisiana, of course. The reasons are pretty straight forward. One is, I have so many different ideas for scenarios and characters that I need a way to easily clear them through the literary docket of my mind. Otherwise, they’llContinue reading “A Baseball Short Story”

The Stories You Have to Write

The novel I’m working on is still far from reaching its full potential. Which is to say, it’s not really going well. But despite this fairly obvious reality, I’m still really into the story and, more to the point, I feel a strong sense of resolve to keep working until I reach the end. I’mContinue reading “The Stories You Have to Write”

The Shape of New Bayou Starts to Coalesce

This whole business of starting a creative business has thrown me more curveballs than Catfish Hunter playing backyard whiffle ball. Which is to say a lot. In the signature block of my New Bayou Books email (jr@newbayoubooks, if you want to drop me a line), it still says “launching soon”. Because really, I’m just gettingContinue reading “The Shape of New Bayou Starts to Coalesce”

The Difference Between Imagination and Reality

Until last week, I hadn’t been back to South Louisiana in something like four years. Way, way too long. So long that I had written and published two novels during my time away.  Which–don’t get me wrong–I’m not bragging about. Four years since I last visited family and friends in the great state of LouisianaContinue reading “The Difference Between Imagination and Reality”

Loving Louisiana Radio

I’ve been in South Louisiana with my family for the past week, having the time of my life. It’s the reason I failed to post a blog last Monday for the first time since . . . well, since I started my weekly rhythm more than a year ago. But I’m not here to dwellContinue reading “Loving Louisiana Radio”

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”