Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

Happy Friday, dear readers! For your weekend reading pleasure, please enjoy my latest essay in Salt: a feature profile on James Jarvis, a local jazz pianist and composer in Wilmington. James does some really cool stuff that no one else around here is doing. He plays only his compositions, and has developed his voice on … Continue reading Transfixed by the Moment: New Feature Essay in Salt Magazine

On Clouds and Caution

Hey all, This week's encore story consists of two tales that are related to each other, although maybe not obviously at first glance. I blend an experience I had with fog on my most recent yacht delivery up the Cape Fear River with our local government's decision to delay the issuance of an economic incentive … Continue reading On Clouds and Caution

New Essay in Encore: Oyster Feud Behind Masonboro Island

Hi all, Some of you may remember that I wrote a story for Salt Magazine towards the end of last year about local oyster farmer Tom Cannon, who had just started an oyster farm in the pristine waters of Masonboro Sound (if you haven't read it yet, you can do so here). Unfortunately, Tom's farm … Continue reading New Essay in Encore: Oyster Feud Behind Masonboro Island

Guest Appearance on a Local Talk Show

Hey everyone, So I got to do something pretty fun a few weeks ago: appear as a guest on the last episode of Late Fear with Wills Maxwell, Wilmington's late night local talk show. I appeared with a menagerie of other talented folks: poet Khalisa Rae, comedian Allie Coleman, actor Phil Antonino, and musician Griffin … Continue reading Guest Appearance on a Local Talk Show

New Essay in Encore Magazine: CFPUA Announces Rebrand; GenX remains a problem in the Cape Fear River

Hi all, So first of all, the big news: my wonderful editor at Encore, Shea, asked me last week if I might like to start contributing to the magazine on a weekly basis. Of course I said yes. My column will focus on local news, the environment, and politics, as seen through the eyes of … Continue reading New Essay in Encore Magazine: CFPUA Announces Rebrand; GenX remains a problem in the Cape Fear River

New Essay in Encore Magazine: Local Effects of Trump’s Solar Panel Tariff

Hi all, Last week the President announced a new tariff on imported solar panels, and, as someone living in America's second-most solar powered state and as someone who cares about the future of the planet's environment, I decided to look into how this would affect my community. I've got a new essay out in which … Continue reading New Essay in Encore Magazine: Local Effects of Trump’s Solar Panel Tariff

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