Coming to terms with the narcissistic truth of what got me hiking the AT.
It took me two years, but -- thanks to a play in New Orleans -- I think I finally figured out what this book is about.
Good morning! Here's another excerpt from the Appalachian Trail book I'm working on. It takes place on my birthday, a little more than four months before I left for the hike. I wrote this bit awhile ago, but recently revisited it. It's unique for a non-fiction book, because -- in addition to their external dialogue… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Laying in Bed Before a Break-up
Each week, one of my posts will be an excerpt from the draft of the book I'm working on about my hike on the Appalachian Trail. Like, last week's, this excerpt is most likely going to be placed in Chapter 1 which, as it stands now, will be a series of vignettes that -- all… Continue reading Book Excerpt: The Difference Between Dangerous and Scary
Each week, I'll try to share one short excerpt from the book I'm working on. Because, even though I'm working other stuff (for, both, work and pleasure), writing this book -- and hopefully others -- is the reason I decided to become a writer. Obviously everything can change in the months (many months) it will… Continue reading Book Excerpt: I tell my Mom I’m Going to Hike the Appalachian Trail
I've spent a little bit of this afternoon re-reading some of my old posts, searching for bits I might read at the event I'm speaking at next Tuesdays (you're invited -- RSVP and come on out!). I was reading through Part 11, the last one, and was looking at the section where I describe the… Continue reading Same Quote, Six Months, Two Meanings
Hola! I saw Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs a couple of weeks ago, and I've ended up in a bunch of conversations about it. Sometimes the conversation is about the way he builds a world, sometimes it's about his use of the Japanese language and how he was able to avoid subtitles, and sometimes -- often --… Continue reading Isle of Dogs (I Love Dogs?) and Secondary Characters
This has been an exciting week so far! My first article in The Advocate should be running in the paper tomorrow; I successfully pitched two additional stories to them that I'm working on; and they sought me out for a third. That, plus another article for Mid-City Messenger and my steady writing gig for 504ward,… Continue reading 1 Year Later: Trying to Figure Out Why I Hiked the Appalachian Trail
I'm about to head out the door. Today I'm playing "Upscale Family Member at a Funeral" on some cocaine-trafficking TV show called, "Zero, Zero, Zero." Should be weird and fun, except I have bike across the city to get to set, wearing clothes as if it was a "cool, Fall day." It's currently 75 degrees… Continue reading Happy Monday, and Here’s to a Week Full of Adventures!
The New York Mets won today which means they can't drop to below .500 until at least Sunday. Boo-yah! I'm in a good mood, so let's get started. Quick catch-up for those that don't know. In 2017 I walked the Appalachian Trail. Now, I'm writing a book about that experience. I want it to be… Continue reading The 11 Universal Themes Currently in My Book