Music & Writing

Within every piece of music, there is another piece of music, one that we will never hear… — Stig Saetterbakken My life is filled with music. Some of my earliest memories have music: sitting in my diaper listening to my brothers and sisters play over and over again the album Meet The …

The First

Your first publication – be it short story or a novel – sets the standard for all those that will follow; you learn things with your first in that same way first love marks you for life. Of all places, I was on the crapper when I learned I’d sold …

Toys in the Atelier

Foolishly Annie Dillard once said all a writer needs is something to write with, to write on and knee for a desk. Boy was she wrong. In fact, she told me years later that writers need all those things, to be sure, but mostly and assuredly writers need a warehouse …

Life Sentences

Call it a vocational habit, or maybe a personal tick, but much like the protagonist of James Joyce “A Painful Case” I find myself living a short distance from my body, witnessing my own actions out of the corner of my eye, and composing in a free indirect style short …

Art of Fiction: Process

Taking a break from writing this morning, I sat outside and enjoyed a cup of coffee, a cigar and a book on the practices of painters. My three dogs joined me, two romping through the tall grass chasing birds and rabbits, the other, the eldest, wending around my legs before …

My Hale Bopp

A surreal day here in Dr. Purple’s Atelier: just finished the rough draft first chapter of my new novel Blue *and* received notice that a book contract to reissue my first novel The Jenny Muck is on its way. For a writer this is extremely rare, much like seeing a comet that only comes …