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It Takes 16 Victories to Win Lord Stanley’s Cup

Tonight the “upstart” Washington Capitals face the Tampa Bay Lightning in game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. For all my writer friends who aren’t sports people, that’s hockey. The toughest game to play, and play well, and maybe the easiest game to fall in love with. I don’t know when I fell in love […]

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The Birth of a Novel, and a Novelist, Part 1

Today is the official release day for my new novel, PANORAMA, published by Little, Brown & Co. This is a dream I’ve had ever since high school, and today is truly one of those second beginnings. And I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t hoping that this book will be seen, and […]

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The Time I Did That Thing at AWP

Here now, I confess my greatest AWP sin. I have been that guy at the AWP offsite event, the one who read too long. The one whose 15 minutes turned into 25. In my defense, the event was at altitude. In my defense, I’d literally found out an hour before that my first book was […]

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Book in a Box, or Birth of a Novel

Where did you get the idea for your novel?  The question comes up at nearly every reading I’ve ever been to. There’s a human moment, where those who aspire to write (or even those who secretly think that writing a book is easy) want insight into your process. As a guest at a reading once […]

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Home From the War, or a Few Words on Magnum PI and Reboots

Last month’s news about a Magnum PI reboot reminded me of how much I love the original show. Present tense. Last fall, I wrote a letter introducing myself to a television producer and this confession came out: I was the kid who started calculating how many suburban half-acres I would have to mow in order […]

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A Few More Words on Ageism, or the Loneliness of the Middle-Aged Debut Novelist

I wrote a brief thread on this same idea, but after an unruly night of sleep (thanks to my elderly dog) I decided to expand on these ideas. One thing you’ll learn about me, whether here or in my novel: I often have more to say. I’m about to be a debut novelist, and a […]

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Where I Stand on the Issues #1–About Patrick Swayze

These are the important issues of our time: namely, which Patrick Swayze movie is the defining one? Herewith, some answers, from musicians and writers and filmmakers, and me. For the full answer, click through. Spoiler alert: Red Dawn. https://www.barrelhousemag.com/swayzequestion/

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