VN Episode 7: Jeremy Smith and ‘The Singularity’

Join Shane this week for an update on writing-related news. Shane discusses the APA finally allowing for singular usage of the third-person pronoun ‘they’ and Antonio previews the reboot of Stephen King’s It. Finally, Shane sits with composer Jeremy Smith, to discuss his new project, ‘The Singularity,’ a ballet that tells a computer’s artificial intelligence coming-of-age…

VN Episode 6: Joe Compton and GoIndieNow

Virtual Napkins is back for Season 2! Catch up with what has been going on with Antonio since last season’s tryst with Miranda (spoiler alert: he’s not handling it well). Shane also discusses this year’s Brain 2 Books Cyber Convention–a convention for readers and authors to connect that takes place exclusively online (and it’s free…

The Land of Ghosts

I live in a land of ghosts. Of course, by thirty, we all do. The landscape is littered with the corpses of the relationships we didn’t nourish with the right kinds of water and food. And in some cases, those corpses represent relationships that were forgotten altogether–left in the sun to fend for themselves and…

Then the Rain Falls

Tonight, it’s raining. It’s 8:00 PM, and the rain woke me up from a nap I started when work was over because I couldn’t sleep last night. Last night, I poured a glass of bourbon and started writing to you on the old typewriter I keep in the apartment for my drunk friends to type…

Writing and Drinking Whiskey in the Forest

I have been back from the mountains for two or three weeks now. It’s hard to tell, really. The summer days all tend to run together. But still, on June 13, I packed my shit up and headed west toward the Blue Ridge Mountains. Earlier this year, I applied for a residency in those mountains…

Write Your Shit

Now he would never write the things that he had saved to write until he knew enough to write them well. Well, he would not have to fail at trying to write them either. Maybe you could never write them, and that was why you put them off and delayed the starting. Well he would…

The Audacity of Creativity

I’ve thought a lot about creativity for the last several months–where it comes from, where it goes when it’s gone, why it goes. A while ago, I wrote about inspiration and how waiting for inspiration is a exercise in futility. You have to park your ass in that seat and write–or in or in front…