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”

Is this a Hero’s Journey, and if So, Who is the Hero? (Surely not me?)

“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell onContinue reading “Is this a Hero’s Journey, and if So, Who is the Hero? (Surely not me?)”

Why New Bayou Books Must Work

“Why must it work? Because it has to.” me So, a few weeks back I hooked up with a seasoned Louisiana businessman who has agreed to serve as a kind of mentor to me, and he’s been putting me through my paces. I’m eager to understand what he knows and really push hard to getContinue reading “Why New Bayou Books Must Work”

Jason Reads the All Saints’ Day of the Dead

Friends: I recorded myself reading the opening pages of my latest book. In these first few pages, we are introduced to Deacon Dat Nguyen, a Vietnamese clergyman in South-Louisiana on an exchange program. Dat is reflecting on his failed invocation at the Black Pot Festival earlier that day, when a disturbance in the cemetery behindContinue reading “Jason Reads the All Saints’ Day of the Dead”

Patti Smith — a Natural Born Artist

If you’re like me and you came of age reading about the Beats, the sixties culture they influenced, and the special magic of New York City, you really need to read Just Kids, by Patti Smith. I’m embarrassed to say that I only just read it a few weeks ago, even though it came outContinue reading “Patti Smith — a Natural Born Artist”

New Year’s Resolution

Last year was chaotic. I rushed through two books while consuming all kinds of content related to entrepreneurship, productivity, and self improvement. And while I was busy trying to force my life to turn on a dime, I got addicted to distraction, and I came to hate the trappings of the modern world.  Technology, consumerism,Continue reading “New Year’s Resolution”

Make Something Happen

This week, I waited until the last possible moment to write my blog. And I won’t say that it’s paid off or that my procrastination was by design. It wasn’t. But I did have an inspirational conversation earlier tonight with someone I only met as a result of a cold call. Let me explain, briefly,Continue reading “Make Something Happen”