Switching to Tumblr

I think I’m going to start using Tumblr. I think I’m going to leave this WordPress blog here for posterity. I think that’s what I’m going to do.

Posted at 16:19 on 2010/07/21 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Self | Continue reading

Faulkner quotes I’m digging tonight

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” “It is the writer’s privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.” “Don’t be ‘a writer’. Be writing.” “Wonder. Go on and wonder.” “…I give […]

Posted at 23:44 on 2010/07/15 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Books, Quote, Writing | Tagged: , | Continue reading


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    For a while now, the way to get a book published has been to submit query letters to literary agents and hope to find an agent who will make your case to a publisher.  You can’t submit directly to publishers—they don’t accept submissions.  You have to go through a literary agent if you want a shot at a commercially successful book. Query letters are evil.  T […]
  • Mania without an antipsychotic 2014/05/13
    My uncle just called. I had been getting cues from my friend and my mom that I have become a bit manic the last couple of weeks.  And right now my doctor took me off my antipsychotic because she thinks it is causing the involuntary muscle clenching I’ve been having—which has become unbearable for me. And then my uncle calls. My uncle is someone who triggers […]
  • Why I am unpublishing Things Said in Dreams 2014/03/13
    Simply, because the publishing industry is bullshit.  The author gets 10%, while the publisher gets 90?  It’s unacceptable. I’d rather give my books away for free than go along with something like that.  So until a publisher is willing to give me at least 90% of the proceeds of my books, I won’t publish with them. The author does the crucial work.  For a pub […]
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  • Photo 2013/04/25
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    nevver: Even a little bit
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  • Photo 2013/01/14
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    “The crime is expressing your emotions, your feeling, your perspective. That is really what some people don’t want you to do. Because the fact that you exist is inconvenient for them. That is the real problem.”
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    For three or four days, from hurricane Isaac.  I’m in Baton Rouge, at my grandmother’s, and we all muddled through the best we could, cooking on the gas grill and mostly sitting outside and reading through our power outage.  I read American Psycho, which I had sampled before and been meaning to read. My dad’s mother died today.  I got an email from my dad, w […]



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