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”

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”