• Short Stories

    Collect Rocks Day

    A few months ago, I stumbled onto a literary magazine called Sheriff Nottingham. I took it home, read it cover to cover. It has an artistic vibe, it’s filled with cool photographs, and great, thought provoking writing. I thought, I want to send them something to publish. I checked out their website and discovered they do holiday issues four times a year. The next one open to submissions was Collect Rocks Days – a holiday I’d never heard of it. I did a little research. I know nothing about rocks nor have I ever written anything about rocks.

  • Updates

    I should update more often

    This update is merely for those wandering souls who stumble here by accident. I didn’t want you to see a blog covered in cobwebs. Although, Halloween is coming up. I hate it when blogs aren’t updated in forever, even if I’m not following them regularly. There’s not a whole lot going on right now. I’m editing two simultaneous novels, writing short stories, and sending them out. Nothing to write home about just yet. If you care, I update my Instagram pretty regularly. I also update Twitter when I remember I have a Twitter account. Go lurk there.

  • Updates

    The Non-Adventures of Goth Monkey

    In the late 90’s and deep into the 2000’s, I ran a Gothic webzine. It started out called The Gothic Preservation Society and then formally changed to Dark Culture Magazine – a little more sophisticated, don’t you think? I loved my magazine. It had articles, reviews, interviews, music news, and concert dates. At the time, there weren’t a lot of places to get all those things online – at least, not for the Gothic or DarkWave crowd. I also did a weekly podcast and (amusingly) a weekly webcomic. I was firing on all cylinders! Of course, Dark Culture was a financial failure, but it was a hugely gratifying creative outlet. It drew…

  • Updates

    My Complicated Novel I Don’t Know How To Talk About

    I’m a writer who has, to date, only put one short story online. That short story is being re-written because after I had it Beta-Read, I decided to make some things a little more clear. I’ve never been print published, although I ran an online music zine for 10 years and have written the occasional article or review for online magazines. A lot of writers these days self-publish something like six books a year. And everything’s a series. That’s insane. I’ve been working on a novel (well, two novels) for just under a year. It’s all connected, but I don’t know how to talk about it without giving away the secrets.

  • Updates

    I Found The Novel I Wrote When I Was 18

    In late 1992 and into 1993, secretly using my mother’s off-limits Windows 3.0 computer, I wrote a novel. I was 17 going on 18, living in Camarillo, being battered by the school system, knowing that I couldn’t afford college and wondering where my life was going. I had big plans. I was going to be the next Ray Bradbury…except, with vampires.

  • Music

    The Cure – Standing on a Beach (Cassette Version)

    Most of the stories I’m currently writing take place during the ’80s and ’90s, my very own teenage glory days. Because music has always been a huge part of my life, it’s obviously very important to my characters. When I’m writing, I like to listen to the music from that particular time or year. It takes me to that place, brings up those memories and inspires me.

  • Updates

    And I Feel Fine…

    It’s a little hard to concentrate today. Today the 45th President of the United States is being sworn in. Today I wanted to do something good. I wanted to make art and be a better person. I’m trying, but like I said…it’s hard to concentrate.

  • Updates

    Short Story Vignettes

    While I’m working on my novel (ironing out the kinks and removing plot holes) I will be releasing various short story vignettes from that world involving characters from the book. I am currently finishing up the first short story and would like to have that online by Monday. The first short story takes place in 1985, seven years before the novel and goes into detail a conversation had in the book. If I’ve done my job correctly, each short story should stand on its own, but make good additions to the novel. It should also serve to introduce readers to my characters and the world they live in. I will…