Keeping Up Influences

I don’t seem to read much anymore. I am writing this to work out what that means. It bothers me. But I’ve been writing. I can write good, tight pieces, as long as I have an idea of course, the idea being the big challenge. I have all the tools …

Coastal Louisiana

They say it was the Indians who, in their wanderings, brought the acorns that seeded the oaks that line the secret interior roads that stretch back from the sands of Grand Isle. The word that the beachfront historical display uses is actually “dropped”, indicating (to me at least) a sense …

Big Data

So, how many billion people are we up to these days anyway? Seven? Eight? How many different kinds of people are there in those seven or eight billion? The grade school answer is that every one of them is different and special in their own way. The reality is, especially …

Dream People

I’ve been having more dreams lately, vivid dreams. This happens every now and then, my subconsciousness kicks into high gear and fills my nights with adventures and characters. The adventures are weird, but run of the mill dream weird, full of disjointed scenes painted with emotion and colored by false …

For My Neighborhood

I wrote the passage below in 2007 in a city still profoundly shaken by Katrina. The upside to all the darkness of the times, both literal and figurative, was that the bright spots stood out that much brighter. I remember these bright spots, stores in oasis of light, candlelit bars …

New Years

The calendar is an arbitrary thing, really: when the modern year starts and stops is the result of more history and random happenstance than I care to research. Suffice it to say there appears to be nothing magic about the transition from December to January. There is no mark in …

Something Worth Appreciating

Open Google Earth. Seriously. Go ahead and do it. Find a war zone, preferably a recent one, in some kind of once blessed but fallen from favor empire. Think: Syria. Try Aleppo. On Google Earth. Do it. The city map is a comet from the air, a shock wave like …

Big Projects

I have this great idea. It’s better than great actually: it’s epic. I think. I just need a chance to flesh it out. I need to sit down, and start to write, start to feel my way around the idea, to test its limits and find its core, the glimmering …

New Tattoo

So I got a new tattoo. It is not normally visible. I got something I’ve been wanting for a while: a Buddhist Dharmachakra. Yes, I know it is kind of cheesy in a way, but remember, it is not normally visible. It is a symbol for me and not for …

Morning Hour

I wake up to the sounds of rats fighting in the walls of the camp, a fury of scratching noises interrupted only by the occasional thump. Aside from it being 5 am, it is not as unpleasant as it sounds: its all a part of being out in the marsh. …