I don’t know that I believed in magic. But I believed there were people who did, enough to kill for it. I didn’t know what was happening then. In fact, my working theory turned out to be not even close. But a few things seemed obvious enough, like why my best friend was having an affair with my boss. The details always get messy, but … Continue reading It seemed a shame to break the spell
They had a tarot deck alright, but it wasn’t what I expected. It came with a free app download. I guess there really is an app for everything. I bought it and went to a cafe and waited for my quarry to make an appearance. While the app was downloading, I unwrapped the deck from the plastic. There was a little instruction manual folded at … Continue reading The Three of Swords
I held up the book. “I’m so sorry. I think my friend stole this the other day.” He scowled. His face was so old, his wrinkles magnified every expression. “Yes. She did.” He had a faint European accent. “I’d like to pay for it, if that’s okay.” He walked over to a wood phone stand at the back of the room, next to the last … Continue reading A spell you can touch
I could see her from the end of the block. She was sitting on the sidewalk under the yellow-orange street lamp, next to a pile of white rubbish bags from the nail salon next door. There was something white sticking from her mouth, bigger than a cigarette. A thermometer maybe. And she was holding an ice pack over her eye. It was fresh, which meant … Continue reading A Terror and an Aphrodisiac
A couple times now I’ve been asked how I handle it, most recently yesterday. This is my answer. I don’t think there’s a thing called Writer’s Block. What we call Writer’s Block is a collection of many different psychological faults and phenomena, some real, some imagined, so don’t fall for it. In my experience, there’s a big problem and a little problem hidden in there. The … Continue reading Writer’s Block
I was talking with my buddy this week, and we decided I should probably write mysteries if anything. Mysteries have to present and solve a puzzle, so they’re very plot-centric, which I tend to be. Not that my characters are crap, but there’s a certain style of writing — which is the more popular one, I’m sure — that sort of lets characters run around … Continue reading Mystery!
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fans of Mr. Mosley’s “Easy” Rawlins novels might be disappointed that there’s no mystery to solve, but that doesn’t take away from the true strengths of this book, which is a series of vignettes about life in Watts: about poverty, about race, about violence. They read to me as modern Socratic dialogues, … Continue reading Review of Walter Mosley’s “Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned”