• 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.