On The Road: 2016 Presidential Election

  As of two weeks ago, I’ve embarked on a journey to cover the 2016 presidential election with my friend and photographer, Brett. We have already traveled 3,000 miles and spent time in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Next up is Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Then we’ll reasses and determine where we’ll be for the last few weeks running up…

The Adjustment Bureaucracy

    I A man wearing a grey, three-piece suit, whose dark hair was slicked back in a stylish 1950s coif, stood outside of Terry Runkle’s house and whispered to a raccoon. The raccoon’s name was Fred. It was 11:00p.m. Time was important to the man in the suit, because he dealt in a world of timing. Timing, you see, was related to the…

A Moment I’ve Been Waiting For…

There was a moment today, when my mother sent me this photo, of my book on the shelf of Book People in Austin, Texas, where I felt proud. I don’t have kids, I don’t have a car, I don’t have a mortgage, I don’t have dental insurance (or maybe I do, and it’s included in my ACA insurance, but even if I do, I…

From the Vault: The Phantom

I was obsessed with The Phantom as a kid. If you’re not familiar with The Phantom, he’s the superhero who wears a purple spandex suit from head-to-toe, rides a white horse, and was played by Billy Zane in the mid-nineties film adaptation. And, go figure, I was the only kid in the neighborhood obsessed with The Phantom. I can actually remember the moment I…

From the Vault: No Explanation

  Last night, after getting out of work at 4:00am, I went to brush my teeth. I exited my bedroom, walked down the hall, and entered the bathroom. It’s a small half-bath – the kind where all the fixtures are small – small toilet, sink about waist high, tiny mirror. As I put toothpaste on my toothbrush, I realized I had to take a…

From the Vault: A Meditation on Trail Mix

  Trail mix is the unsung hero of snack food. It should rank higher in the world of delectable delights, but often it doesn’t. You may pass it in the convenience store, or at the grocery store, and say to yourself, “That looks good,” but then realize one of the ingredients is dried apricot, which you hate. Shitty ingredients seem to be what’s holding…

From the Vault: P.S. I Hate You

I am declaring all out war against chick flicks, because expectations are getting way to high. I was watching the movie “P.S. I love you” with my girlfriend, and I have never felt so betrayed by the male community. Gerard Butler, you fucking asshole. If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s the gist. Butler and Swank are in love, and then Butler dies. Swank…

Slate – One of the Rejects

Here’s one of the stories that spent two years with me, making it all the way to the final, final round of cuts, and then, for better or worse, got the axe. The artwork, like all of the artwork in the collection, is by the talented Kara Hemsworth, and all of the artwork in the collection is available for purchase in full color, photo quality…

When it All Went to Hell – Now Available

My new collection of short stories, When it All Went to Hell, is now available for purchase. After two and a half years of working on this project, I am more than excited and ready to share it with everybody. Please buy, share, review, and contact me if you have any questions. All of the amazing artwork in the collection, including the cover illustration,…