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”

From Paris, with Love

“Why are you so obsessed with Space Invader?” Harry Lee Reed I got my first taste of Paris today. We actually drove in yesterday and got ourselves situated in the apartment we rented in the eastern part of the city, but today was my first opportunity to explore. I won’t mention the tourist attraction weContinue reading “From Paris, with Love”

To Anne, with Love . . . or Tomorrow, Wendy, You’re Going to Die

“I got the ways and means, to New Orleans, I’m going down by the river where it’s warm and green. I’m gonna have a drink, walk around . . . I got a lot to think about.” “Bloodletting (the Vampire Song)”, by Concrete Blonde Interview with the Vampire came out in 1976. I was justContinue reading “To Anne, with Love . . . or Tomorrow, Wendy, You’re Going to Die”

It Feels a Certain Way to be Writing a Book

I can tell you up front that this will probably be one of the stranger blogs I’ve written. Strange because the thing I’m going to attempt to describe may be indescribable. But not strange because it isn’t real.  I’ve tried my best to pay careful attention to the various stages, sensations, and habits of theContinue reading “It Feels a Certain Way to be Writing a Book”

It’s a Good Time to Get Some Cold Turkey

Thanksgiving was last week. I’m about as American as they come, but I don’t currently live in America, so the traditional beginning of the holiday season just kind of came and went for me and my family. We had chicken last Thursday. But I did just get into Cold Turkey. Not the bird, but theContinue reading “It’s a Good Time to Get Some Cold Turkey”