Thursday, September 5, 2019

1970s Children's book

I finally starting writing my 1970s
children's novel! I'm 5 pages in so far
but I can tell it's going to be quite
a wonder. I've been taking notes on
this for a few years now and I'm so
glad to be able to get to it at last.
Maybe I'll share some of the writing
soon, stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

1946 double feature

Saw two great movies from 1946,
Deadline at Dawn and Nobody
Lives Forever. All those little details
are so great, like the telescope view
of the moon for a dime and the rowboat
under the pier, the little shops and cafes
at night.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Anti-Gravity Gravity Belt


It’s the only thing keeping me connected to the earth. If I wasn’t wearing it, I’d be caught like a kite in a tree. Believe me, I know what I’m doing.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Vincent Price is Right

Here's a terrifying tale for you.
Also a tribute to Vincent Price.

They begged his mother to take them to the Avalon. In 1959 they were barely ready for the story up on the screen. They waited on the curb afterwards, jumpy and checking the street. They weren’t afraid of Vincent Price, they knew what they would have done. They sat in the backseat and his mother listened to them bray and when she couldn’t take it anymore, she turned the wheel and took them the long way home through the cemetery. With the headlights turned off, every shadow was leaping at the sides of the car.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Ode to Lonzo

A true story about the dog my father had
when he was a boy. Also a flat fable:

Everyone knew that chasing cars would be the end of that bulldog, but he never learned. He would hear the motor and the rubber tread and run at the street until he hit that passing blur, catching as much as he could in his teeth. Finally it happened, bit to a whitewall, taken round whirling three or four times until the car stopped and he was flat enough to fold.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Dragonfly Junkyard

Since the publication of my book Florida,
I've been writing hundreds of these short
pieces. There are two more books similar
to Florida coming soon from Good Deed
Rain. This new story I just wrote while on
my break at work, watching the dragonflies
above my bench.

A weedy lot stacked with the remains of old dragonflies. Broken wings are leaned against the fence like rows of stain glass windows. Motors with the gears pulled out. The long rusted segments of fuselage. The man who works here says to look around, there are enough parts about to mix and match and put another dragonfly in the air.

sleeping in a museum

It's been a long time since I read From the
Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Still a great book! It was especially fitting
reading this after I read The Westing Game.
Similar feel to them. And those books are
spurring me on to begin work on my 1977
children's book, my next writing project.