2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #4: Red Sky in the Morning

So this week I'm cheating a little bit and uploading a story I revised this week, but the first draft of which I wrote last fall. I had two nonfiction deadlines this week that took up most of my time, and I'm sorry to say that the Challenge got put on the back burner. But … Continue reading 2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #4: Red Sky in the Morning

2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #3: Heaven, Or Earth

The third installment of my 2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge, in which I write a new short work of fiction every week, because, as Ray Bradbury once said, "it's impossible to write 52 bad short stories in a row." Enjoy! HEAVEN, OR EARTH by John Wolfe Timothy McVay did love this part of his job. The … Continue reading 2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #3: Heaven, Or Earth

2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #2: A Cold Sort of Business

Wow, weeks pass much quicker than I thought. The good news is that, for fiction, no research or interviews are required, so I can just sit down and write out a story without having to be restrained to what happened in reality. I've been trying to write these straight through in one sitting, with only … Continue reading 2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge #2: A Cold Sort of Business

2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row." — Ray Bradbury This year, inspired in a large part by my old friend and bandmate Ian who embarked on 100 straight days of drawing last year (viewable here), I have decided to attempt the "Ray Bradbury Challenge," … Continue reading 2018 Ray Bradbury Challenge

Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Hey everyone, I had the good fortune to get to sit down with legendary blues guitarist Jon McDonald for a profile in Salt this month. Jon is one degree of separation away from blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and is an incredible musician in his own right who has helped bring the … Continue reading Profile of Blues Guitarist Jon McDonald in Salt Magazine

Terrapin Tally

Last weekend I had the pleasure of becoming a Citizen Scientist at the local wild place which I love most: Masonboro Island. I got to ride along in a kayak (okay, paddle along) with two actual scientists from the NC Coastal Reserve; together we observed the waters for any sign of Diamondback Terrapins, the only truly … Continue reading Terrapin Tally

Parallels Across the Pond

At the end of last month, I had the good fortune to attend the annual meeting of the Wilmington Sister Cities Association, at which a panel of experts discussed and gave perspective on the 'Brexit' decision of last June. There are parallels to be drawn between the English vote and the campaign that elected President … Continue reading Parallels Across the Pond

Interview with Rep. David Rouzer

John stood behind the Congressman as he finished talking with the last two people, thanked them graciously, said, “I've got to go meet the press now,” and turned to leave. Suddenly he was opposite John’s smile, with a face like oiled dough, eyes a little dark and hollow, like they're further away than they actually are, his jet-black hair still perfect. “Hello, Mr. Rouzer. How do you feel?”

Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

Earlier this year I was assigned two topics, both on the subject of local designers and builders (Michael Swart of Swart Amplifiers and Mark Bayne of the CFCC Boatbuilding Program), to research and report on for the March issue of Salt Magazine. I delved into the project with my usual verbose vigor and submitted two … Continue reading Two New Essays (and a short meditation) on Design

From Green to Gray

My little seaside city is a microcosm of the world. The problems that face my community in Wilmington are the same ones we struggle with on a state, national, and global scale. Specifically, I'm thinking about growth: there are more and more people moving here every day, but our peninsula is finite. There is only so … Continue reading From Green to Gray