March 10, 2017: Happy almost spring. It’s been a strangely wet and too-warm winter, but this twelve degree night is not part of that picture. I have a piece about the local craft beer scene in the winter Crazy Wisdom Journal, and I recently completed an interview for them that was a real pleasure to put together. I’m hoping that one will come out in the upcoming spring issue. I’ll post a link when it’s published.
In other news, the children’s novel that I’ve been working on for some time is nearly complete. The book has been tons of fun to write, and I still love the process—that’s saying something considering how many drafts I’ve written. I’ve also written several academic pieces in the last eighteen months and am on deadline for another. It’s good to be productive.
A good friend and I will be attending the Michigan Writing Workshop on March 25. I’m excited to meet and talk with other writers and agents and learn more about craft and publishing. The workshop two years ago was excellent, and the agenda for this one looks even better. Can’t wait!
May 30, 2016: Too long! Yes, too long since I last posted anything here. I have a new personal essay in the spring issue of the Crazy Wisdom Journal, and I’m working on a feature piece for their fall issue about the ever-growing craft beer scene in Ann Arbor. That’s been a tasty one to write. The print edition of the spring issue also has a piece by my son, this time about falconry. He had a lot of fun writing it, since he got to hang out with a master falconer and his birds.
I just got back from a few days in Pittsburgh at the Creative Nonfiction Conference, which I also attended last year. Although I learned some new gems, my main takeaway is that I just need to keep on writing and putting my stuff out there, so I’m developing a creative writing agenda just like I have for my academic writing. Here’s hoping it keeps me on track. I have a particular personal essay that I’ve worked on off and on for a long time. What’s there is pretty good, I think, but it needs to be fleshed out. And then I need to find a home for it. I’d also like to do a series of reflections/meditations about my grandfather — I really enjoyed writing Fishing for Papa, and I think there’s more there to remember and write about. Finally, I need to finish revising my novel for children and figure out what I want to do with it next. I look forward to all of it. Thanks for looking in and reading my stuff. I’m grateful to you for it.
December 3, 2015: The days get shorter, and nights that sparkle with winter constellations stretch ever longer. I hope that late fall/early winter is treating you well. In writing news, my latest essay will appear in the Crazy Wisdom Journal, probably in the spring issue. It was a long time in the making, and I’m grateful to the editorial team for the support they gave me, including returning the first version with insightful, evocative questions and a request that I write more of the story. Their belief in the story and my ability to tell it was a real gift. I’m also excited to report that I finished the first draft of my first novel last night. It’s a book for middle graders or the younger end of the young adult crowd. Nearly two years ago, I got the idea for the book and started writing it. One hundred pages in, I was happy with some parts and knew that others needed tons of work, and the whole thing felt like it had been good practice to that point. So, I started fresh with a blank page and a scene by scene outline just under a year ago, and last night I finished the first draft. I’ve been reading it to my son as a serial, and I will finish doing that before putting it away for a while so I can read it with fresh eyes. I’ll be glad to turn more of my attention to other projects, but I’ll also miss my regular visits with the characters.
October 23, 2015: Busy revising a new essay for the winter issue of the Crazy Wisdom Journal. Perhaps best of all, though, is that I am getting very close to completing the first draft of my novel for middle graders-young adults. Gasp! Dare I even say such a thing? Yes, I dare! Happily working away on it whenever I can, and then I’ll start in on the revision process. It’s been a long time in the making.
September 2, 2015: My interview of the owner of the Blue Front is now online here. Working away on my children’s novel and making significant, if slow, progress!
August 26, 2015: The latest print edition of the Crazy Wisdom Journal has been released. Ann Arborites can find it free in many locations, including at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Main. My interview of the owner of the Blue Front is a two-page spread, and I was really pleased with what the designer did. Also, as a proud dad, I need to say that my son Elijah’s essay about being part of the debut season of Spinning Dot Theatre’s Youth Company is on page 77 of the journal. Writing has become a family affair! I’ll post links here when the electronic version comes out in a week or so. Last but not least, I should have a personal essay coming out in the winter issue of the journal.
June 2, 2015: Interview mentioned below has been turned in to the Crazy Wisdom Journal, as has a new personal essay submission. It feels so good to get words on a page and pages out the door.
May 5, 2015: Happy Cinco de Mayo! Had a great interview today with Adam Gottschalk, the owner of the Blue Front in Ann Arbor. He’s a cool guy, and he’s managed to open what may well be the best beer store in the area. Nice wine selection, too. If you’re local and haven’t checked it out, well, check it out! Adam and his staff know their stuff. I’ll be writing up the interview for the fall issue of the Crazy Wisdom Journal.
May 1, 2015: Happy May Day, everyone! My latest essay in the Crazy Wisdom Journal is out. It’s called Fishing for Papa, and it’s a meditation on parenting and my grandfather, all by way of fishing with my kids. Please check it out! If you grab the print version instead (free lots of places around Ann Arbor), the illustration they included is pretty darn perfect. The print piece appears opposite a wonderful personal essay by Gala Mukomolova.
April 28, 2015: I have a new essay in the latest version of the Crazy Wisdom Journal. It’s called Fishing for Papa. For the moment, it’s only in the print edition, which is widely available in the Ann Arbor area. When the web version is up, I’ll put the link here.
April 22, 2015: I’m excited to have a new piece coming out in the spring issue of the Crazy Wisdom Journal and will post here when it’s released. In the meantime, see my piece, The Quiet Season, in their winter issue.