Rickey, Anyone? Stay Up With Me

Quick! Who knew that July is Rickey Month?! And who knows what a Rickey is? I'm waiting... So I showed up at the new Litquake offices in the Mechanics Institute building in the financial district of San Francisco for a short story class taught by Tom Barbash. At the end of class, those lovely Litquake … Continue reading Rickey, Anyone? Stay Up With Me

Message from My Igloo

So I'm sitting in front of the keyboard, shivering and needing to use the facilities, but just can't make myself go out into the cold to do it--meaning leave my office and face the world's distractions.Yes, folks. It's NaNoWriMo time. And I'm working on a novel that's been in the works for twenty years. But … Continue reading Message from My Igloo

The Uncanny, Hope, and the Short Story

As part of San Francisco's LitQuake Literary Festival, I attended a Word for Word staged reading of Dan Chaon's short story, "Stay Awake," last night at Z-Space. It was memorable for two reasons: 1) It was the first time I'd tasted Sofia, champagne in a can, a venture of the Coppola vineyard. A Blanc de Blancs, … Continue reading The Uncanny, Hope, and the Short Story