Mardi Gras

This will be our first year living in the Quarter during Mardi Gras, and I’m easing into the season. It’s almost as if the city knows the big weekend is a loud, crazy, wild ride and everyone needs to have a little build up so it doesn’t come as a complete shock to the system. […]

Distractions

I actively look for things that positively engage my mind. There’s a lot of stuff that spins me up these days, and though I agree with taking on the challenges to make the world a better place, all too often that mental involvement results in me being angry and depressed. As a result, I’ve added […]

Life in the Quarter Part 1

I’m sure there will be a number of posts about our new situation. We’re coming up on nine months of living in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It’s still surreal to me that we actually live here. It’s more like we’ve moved to a foreign country than another part of the city. One of […]

Blacked out and Gold Parade

So I wandered down to watch the anti-Super Bowl parade a couple of days ago. It helps that the route was only a block away. My first impression was that it was more of a disorganized drunken bar crawl than parade, but that’s not unusual for a second line. There were so many spectators in […]

The Blog that Returned

I’m bringing the blog back! Sorry to say, I got a little burned out last time trying to come up with something new each day that related to my writing. This time I’m going to be a little less structured. Sometimes it’ll be about what I’m working on, what it’s like to life in the […]

The Day’s Dilemma

My new editor just sent me the first go-round for book 3. It’s still nerve wracking as hell for me when I first see that email. I scan all the documents looking for any indication of something seriously wrong or words of encouragement. This editor is more technical than the one I usually get to […]

A Responsibility to my Characters

  I have a love-hate relationship with reality. For as long as I can remember I’ve felt like I was on the outside of life looking in. One morning I’ll wake up to find it wasn’t real and was all just a learning experience. I think that’s what draws me to the idea that we […]

Technological Future and the Loss of the Problem Solver

  I’m a big believer that, if we can survive the present, a technology-based utopia is possible. Between 3-D printing, drone delivery systems, driverless cars, and the already big on-line ordering system I see people no longer having to do mundane tasks. Add in a Universal Basic Income and we might finally reach that time […]

It’s Good to Have a Backup

  I first tried to do some serious writing thirty years ago. Pen and paper were not my friends. My hand would smear the ink. My penmanship is illegible, sometimes even for me. I can’t spell to save my life. And editing made the page look like some kind of expressionist art piece based on […]