I wanna talk about the dissolution of my marriage

It’s not a secret. But it’s not something I bring up regularly either. I suppose I was a victim, although I don’t think of myself that way, at least not anymore. All of it — the sickness, the lies, the abuse — have become no less than, but also no more than, the pivot of my life so far, the fulcrum around which everything else … Continue reading I wanna talk about the dissolution of my marriage

How I Do It

One of the fringe benefits, I guess, of serializing longer works in shorter chunks, is that I’ve iterated a lot the last couple years. In fact, I’m about to produce my eighth title in the last 24 months. It’s really taught me how I write. Not how TO write. But how I do it. Some people plot everything out, for example. Some people write by … Continue reading How I Do It

Darksign: the birth of a novelist

I want to tell you a story with a wonderfully terrible ending. It starts in high school, where I sat quietly in class for days on end ignoring girls and filling notebooks with cheap knockoffs of my favorite sci-fi novels. It looked like I was taking notes, you see. (“I was not challenged enough in school.” Isn’t that what they say these days?) Like most … Continue reading Darksign: the birth of a novelist

Dead Men Eat No Peaches: An Interview With a Cretin (and a new release!)

The first volume of The Minus Faction Omnibus is now available. It collects the first three episodes of the series (for less than the cost of buying the three individually) and includes some bonus art and additional materials, such as the following interview by my friend and colleague LJ Cohen, who asked some wonderfully insightful questions! The Minus Faction is all about people with special … Continue reading Dead Men Eat No Peaches: An Interview With a Cretin (and a new release!)

The Weight of 10,000 Rainbows: Thoughts on Turning 40

We each know more than we can say. There is a certain elusive “what it’s like”-ness to human experience that is nearly impossible to utter. After all, our consciousness, while not ephemeral, isn’t exactly tangible either. How would you describe it to an unconscious yet thinking machine? “The inside of my head feels as wide as the sky and is filled with 10,000 rainbows.” Philosophers … Continue reading The Weight of 10,000 Rainbows: Thoughts on Turning 40

Why I Tattooed Science On My Arm

“But what does it mean?” Of course you know that’s what my folks said. But they listened. They’re always good like that. Some of you will recognize the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with since high school. In fact, I’ve wanted to get it tattooed on me for at least 15 years. The good and bad thing about modern science … Continue reading Why I Tattooed Science On My Arm

The Midas Mustache, or Death and the Rapture of Life

An old college buddy, now a lawyer, called me–I think it was 2006–to tell me that the prop plane out of which I had jumped a couple years earlier had crashed, killing two people. There was a wicked undertow to his voice, a mocking “I told you so” mixed with righteous validation and spread over sarcastic derision for the deceased. Stupid assholes deserved it, apparently. … Continue reading The Midas Mustache, or Death and the Rapture of Life