Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]

Notes on a Screenplan — Now Available!

Once again, I’ve gotten my act together just enough to release another work into the ebookisphere. Like my previous collection of fiction, this item is available for free download on Smashwords.com. This book, Notes on a Screenplan, is a short, non-fiction work. Kind of a manifesto; kind of an opinionated rant. I wrote it because I […]


That’s a heavy concept. And this became one of those sticking points for me—something that I found myself having strong opinions about, even before I had spent a lot of time examining the precise nature of those opinions. Somehow, my mind had started to position itself in relation to interiority, but at a point in […]

Review: Against the Workshop

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Against the Workshop Author/Editor: Anis Shivani Review:  This book, and my subsequent reaction to it, came as a bit of a surprise. I decided to read it, thinking that the author’s approach/opinion would resonate with me. Surprisingly, it didn’t. At all. I found myself disagreeing strongly with a lot […]

Contemporary Book Cover Design (or, How Publishers Like to Upset Me)

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Blech. An article in the New York Times — Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012 — is what got me thinking about this. Actually, I need to interrupt myself here. Because that’s not entirely true. For a long time, I didn’t pay any attention to book covers. Then, after a recent, lengthy discussion […]

Genre and the Simultaneous-Razing-and-Appreciating of Categories

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) I’ve got such a complicated and conflicted relationship to genre. I always have. The notion never sits quietly in my head. There are obvious benefits to having a clear and delineated architecture that works to parse out the differences between literary categories. And some strange back room of my librarial […]


(Originally posted on Blogger site.) I’ve updated my writing page with a few poems that I’ve written over the recent years. You can access the list through the Poetry link, under Writing in the header menu. They’re arranged in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent one at the top of the list. Please feel free […]

Quotes on Writing and Time

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) After a bit of a hiatus, I’ve returned to post a few quotes that I came across this morning. I’m currently reading Jeff Vandermeer‘s BookLife, and both quotes are from that work. One is by Vandermeer himself, and the other is a quote that he used as a lead-in to […]

The Issue at Hand

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Among the many things that I spend my time arguing with myself about, there is lately one thing that tends to dominate all the others. It’s this issue that particularly seems to throw me into a fit of uncertainty. A few years ago, I underwent a kind of personal revolution. […]