Mentally I’m Here

It’s after midnight and I’m on a yellow dog moving slowly down a two-lane highway somewhere in West Texas. Everyone’s asleep except for me, the school bus driver, my coach, and the chaperone. Between the Smiths songs coming through my headphones, I can hear coach and chaperone speaking quietly to each other up front, inContinue reading “Mentally I’m Here”

The Top 13 Books I Read in 2020

I couldn’t bring myself to do my usual ‘Top 20 Things I Learned in 2020’ post because even though 2020 was pretty much non-stop No Exit-style epiphanies, fuck this year. Seriously, I’m so mad, I can’t even be in the same room as 2020. But, books? Why should my annual book list pay the toll?Continue reading “The Top 13 Books I Read in 2020”

10 Book Series to Disappear Into Until Further Notice

I have a long history of needing to be distracted. Chronic pain and health issues, anxiety disorder, depression. I’ve dealt with them all in various ways over the years and one thing I’ve learned is that distraction always ALWAYS helps. Yes, we need to work. Yes, we need to volunteer and march and donate andContinue reading “10 Book Series to Disappear Into Until Further Notice”

19 Things I Learned in 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Yup, it’s the time of year when I make a list of what I learned, thus convincing myself that I grew or changed or whatever. That I haven’t just been sitting on the couch eating popcorn all year. (I’ve been sitting on the couch eating popcorn all year.)Continue reading “19 Things I Learned in 2019”

The Top 10 Books I Read in 2018

2018 was a busy year for me. I published The Haunter, wrote its sequel, Ghostapalooza, traveled a lot, tried a bunch of new stuff, and even went to Disneyland. I also read 61 books, down two from 2017 and nine from 2016. But, what my reading year lacked in quantity it made up for inContinue reading “The Top 10 Books I Read in 2018”