Let’s dispense with the mission statements and lofty plans for this site. Instead, I’m gonna use my first post to bathe in promotion shame and feature this TV spot, in which I try to help plug the radio program I’m editing. The show is called Incoming, it’s hosted/created by Justin Hudnall, and it provides a forum for veterans, veteran families, and foreign nationals who’ve worked with the US military to tell their own stories in their own words. Justin and I were invited to KPBS to discuss Incoming, the process of making it, and what we hope the show accomplishes. Please do check it out.
KPBS Evening Edition: Monday, May 29, 2017
(We’re at the 13:55 mark)
(And if you’re so inclined, please donate to keep the Veterans Writers Division going, by buying the Incoming book here, or donating to So Say We All here. Thanks!)
A true short story I wrote, titled “For Always Roaming With A Hungry Heart,” was selected to be turned into a film for the 2019 FilmCon Challenge in San Diego, CA! It will be produced and directed by a mostly – if not all – female team, which is awesome.
The story deals with the first grown-up LP I bought as a kid, Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart,” and how it changed me for life. It’s a mostly-funny look at the transformation of a little scared girl into a nomadic young woman. I can’t wait to see what the team does with it. It should be out in the fall; look for the update here.
In the meantime, if you want to see me perform the story, look for it here on my website.
OK, so a couple years have passed, but in those couple years, a new volume of Incoming has taken shape and been released! I am extremely proud to have been a co-editor on this gorgeous anthology along with Justin Hudnall, Francisco Martinezcuello, and Tenley Barna. Volume 2 of Incoming, titled Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen, (and that refers to the chewing tobacco), deals with the coping mechanisms employed by service members during the hurry up and wait, during the suck, during the what-could-go-wrong times of deployment. These are all TRUE stories, told straight from the mouths/pens/keyboards of those who lived it. I can’t wait for you to pick it up. And you can pick it up at local booksellers or your local Amazon link!
The proceeds of this book’s sales go DIRECTLY to our (So Say We All’s) Veteran Writers Group, in which we help train veterans to become better writers and to get their stories out there. So what are you waiting for, buy the damn book!
I’ve been updating the site — particularly my “Publications” page — so do check it out, please. I’m noticing a pretty big trend, which is horror writing. If you don’t read my poetry or playwriting, you’d think I was purely a horror/dark lit writer. Au contraire! That has been the trend in my publications the past year or so….
We’ll see what the coming months bring. Maybe not always horror, but likely always a bit o’ the dark. Maybe bring a flashlight.