[Full Story] How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar

What follows is the complete short story that is the second installment of this short series I’m posting to Kindle Vella and Substack. It’s basically me procrastinating on the next draft of my third novel. A couple blogs back I posted the opening lines . . . but here’s the full deal. About a 15Continue reading “[Full Story] How Tina Came to Work at Cecil’s Bar”

20 Years Today

There’s a little bridge in Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, which encompasses Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz. 20 years ago today I stood on that bridge in the only suit I owned, Chuck Taylors on my feet, hand in hand with my hot Chinese girlfriend wearing the only dress she had with her.Continue reading “20 Years Today”

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”

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 weirdsouth.com. 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”