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 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”

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”

Thoughts on First Drafts and Stephen King’s Fossil Metaphor

“Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground… Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered, pre-existing world.” Stephen King I read Stephen King’s book, On Writing, a couple years ago, after I finished the first draft of Tattoos and Tans, and even though I was captivated by the book, I didn’t put too muchContinue reading “Thoughts on First Drafts and Stephen King’s Fossil Metaphor”

Goodreads and the New Challenge for Independent Writers

I’m going to keep this blog very short because, to be totally honest with you, I have wasted not just yesterday—which is my designated day to prepare the blog—but today (Monday) as well. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.  Nevertheless, I did make an interesting discovery last week that I want toContinue reading “Goodreads and the New Challenge for Independent Writers”

Observations on an Inaugural Book Event

“If you think you’ve written something good, read it out loud . . . and then you will know.” Jason P. Reed A few weeks back I made the difficult decision of postponing my trip to visit family and friends in Louisiana over the Halloween/All Saints Day period . . . a trip which alsoContinue reading “Observations on an Inaugural Book Event”

Amazon Categories are Key

“Every great company, brand, career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” – Seth Godin Okay, so last week I talked a little bit about Amazon categories. Remember that? Of course you don’t! Neither do I.  The main point was simply that they seemed toContinue reading “Amazon Categories are Key”

Enjoy the Journey

“Be where your feet are.” – Jesse Itzler Earlier in the year, when I was still wearing the rose colored glasses that comes with catching the entrepreneurship bug, whatever that means, I came across Jesse Itzler on YouTube. If you don’t know him, Jesse’s worth checking out . . . and not just because he’sContinue reading “Enjoy the Journey”

You Gonna Have to Serve Somebody

“Live in service of the thing you love.”  – Russell Brand  I’m not sure there’s a better example, still living, at least, of a true American artist than Bob Dylan. Have you ever seen any of those really early televised press conferences with him? The ones from the mid sixties? He was barely out ofContinue reading “You Gonna Have to Serve Somebody”