The boy ain’t dead, but he grew up a bunch last night. It all started when Amazon Kindle Desktop Publishing (KDP) blocked TAOS SOUL on my author bookshelf because they found “content that is freely available on the web.” What the hell? When a book is “blocked,” that means an author can’t edit it or [...]
I wasn’t always at the top of the heap like I am now. Once upon a time, I was just a 15-year-old misfit from Abilene with a flat top. There was no way to grow up in my family and not be some kind of misfit. I remember that when Buddy Holly died, it was [...]
Wondering where I’ve been? Why, right here, of course! The days following our final return from Arizona have been both relaxing and extremely difficult. At first I was euphoric that we’d done it, and that the whole damn mess was finished—except it wasn’t. I still had the final portion of my mother’s estate to distribute [...]
I hate logging in when I haven’t posted in a while and seeing how the visitor numbers drop off in my absence. Oh man, do I. On the other hand, experience shows that silence is far superior to making something up just to jog the stats. And I have been writing, oh yes. Often in [...]
The first thing was, I tried to cut off my ear. Well, sort of. Don’t try this at home, but if you do trim the hair around your sideburns, be very careful where you put the tip of the scissors. I actually felt the blades cut into my ear and wondered, “What the hell am [...]
Probably the main reason I’ve pimped living in a spider-infested dump with accompanying idiot psychodramas is that it has an amazing mountain view, plus there was a bear in the plum tree a few years back. You gotta love bears. I don’t why everybody doesn’t want one. So the location is fabulous, never mind the [...]
My wife is out of town, I shaved anyway. Settling down to write some new stuff. It’s a beautiful day here in Taos, but watch where you step! (←) If you’re hard up for something to do, these Taos area videos may brighten your day: here, here, and here.
Jesus Christ, the goddamn cat’s been there for at least 10 days! It’s their cat, too. We thought it would be gone by now anyway, carried off by a passing coyote. But what with the below-zero temperatures, snow, and a pack of local dogs to scare off scavengers, the body is with us still. I [...]
Another step in the long march to oblivion! Namely, I just officially “retired” from Mac writing. [crickets...] The thunderclap of silence following this announcement is no doubt due to the fact that almost none of you remember that I ever did, har. Two or three regular readers certainly do, however, including the man who hired [...]
For those of you who don’t know, Buffalo Lights is a collection of stories and essays about moving to New Mexico. Seeing as how this defied all reason, caused enormous pain, and may yet be the best thing that ever happened to us, the tale is pretty intense.