In 3 Months: My New Novel, Swimming the Echo

Hey all! In a little over 3 months (5.30.17), my newest novel, Swimming the Echo, will be hitting bookshelves, and I wanted to give you as much notice as possible. This novel will delve into more backstory of the fictional town of Seton, Kentucky (first featured in my story collection, Baptisms & Dogs (2014)), and the adventures…

5 Things To-Do Before Vacation Starts

Prior to hitting the road – Setting aside swimming trunks (getting to use them in warmer climes after they’ve clogged your drawer space ALL YEAR LONG) Packing that 1 book you’ve been meaning to read FOR EONS Buying some favorite “road warrior” snacks – examples include: Beef jerky (Mingua, if you can find it), Clif bars…

Buffets are Bad for Your Health

Or, Chest Pains Part II – the Return I forgot to include a vital story within the heart surgery – to – diabetes transition of 2005. It goes something like this: Before working at Bellarmine University with an all-too-new diabetic condition in the summer of that year, my brother and cousin and I decided to…

5 Phases of Writing.

5 PHASES OF WRITING (in summary):   Phase 1: The Excitement! You shout, “This is the BEST thing since sliced bread! I LOVE YOU book! Go make it BIG.” (Click on picture for fun celebratory dance.)   Phase 2: Nervous Nelly. Question you send to publisher, agent, editor: “Soooo did you love my book?” Followed…

Friends.

Friends. Tell them that you love them. “Love. Amour. Liebe. Amore. Amor. Ljubezen.”   There are so many ways to say it. (The last one was Slovenian. You’re welcome, honey.)   Why tell them?   Maybe because they let you do the ‘Cluck Hunt’ one Halloween, while dressed as Johnny Appleseed:   https://www.facebook.com/dani.pintopyles/videos/vob.12919627/518518643203/?type=2&theater (If this…
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