Down with the Grammarian? Uh, no.

There’s a reason why we do the things we do. Grammar is a social convention, a sort of shared habit that fosters organized and precise thought—and the clear communication of thoughts. It’s not a predatory Continue reading Down with the Grammarian? Uh, no.

Back to Mother

“It’s time we got back to mother,” said the mave, his low voice an added heaviness in the rough-hewn hall. A frayed silk cocoon, his hoary beard caught against the coarse texture of his robe. Continue reading Back to Mother

Text and Texture in Fiction

This post was inspired by an article I enjoyed: The Crucial Filmaking Elements Causing All Your Movie Feuds by Film Crit Hulk (nom de plume) (http://observer.com/2018/05/the-two-crucial-filmmaking-elements-causing-all-your-movie-feuds/). Text and texture, sympathy and empathy: the ideas he Continue reading Text and Texture in Fiction

Floating Yellow Kitchens

It will have to be a short one. Tax season has ended. What I miss most but also found the most exhausting were the conversations. All those talks with my cherished co-workers, with oh-so-much idle Continue reading Floating Yellow Kitchens

Don’t Be Safe: Conflict in Fiction

Light slips through the bedroom window giving the air a bluish tinge; the walls are gray; the dressers—whatever they were during the day now drenched in night hues. A siren whimpers in the distance…. I’m Continue reading Don’t Be Safe: Conflict in Fiction

Someone’s Toying With Us: But Is It Alien or Ours?

I love what the pilot says at the end of this article (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/16/us/politics/unidentified-flying-object-navy.html)–it strikes me as a very genuine response. But I have a hard time imagining what in nature would do what he describes. Continue reading Someone’s Toying With Us: But Is It Alien or Ours?

Education Circa 1977

I grew up in a small town on an island on the coast of South Carolina. I learned the word moron in third grade because my teacher, who was from elsewhere, used it regularly to Continue reading Education Circa 1977

Devil, Stand By

If you’ve no new trick to stay the hand of man, You, poor Devil, have run your course, stepped to your bounds— Let sea and sand blast what they can. I say, engorge with dread Continue reading Devil, Stand By

Hexagons, Death, and Tea

I’ve been watching The Code again (Netflix), which at one point talks about how imaginary numbers have been integral to describing the nature of dark energy. And this question came to me: What does it Continue reading Hexagons, Death, and Tea

What does it mean to be an adult?

I say this as a progressive. I say it with respect and love—though you may wonder. The novel I’ve written deals with some issues surrounding psychological development, particularly the need to feel productive and valuable Continue reading What does it mean to be an adult?