Thursday 9/29 I’ll be reading at Tattooed Mom’s in Philly. Would be cool to see you. Come say hello.
Life is such a maze. It’s easy to get lost in the maze but most of the time you can get through the worst part of the maze by working together with other people passing through the maze. I wrote this story, Boss, thinking about the many people I’ve known in my life who have temporally gotten lost, depressed, pained, suicidal … I believe that people can actually help each other, and make a difference in each other’s life. Check in on your friends and family and neighbors. Make sure everyone is feeing good and if they aren’t, do what you can to help them along through the maze.
Here’s my story Boss at Hobart
Conspiracists think that Hilary Clinton had a body double yesterday that went around and did double double stuff, that’s cool. I would like a body double for myself also. To do body double stuff. Like work in the plastic plant where I am working today. Where all the plastic powder looks like cocaine and every new person you work with at the plastic factory who has never seen the plastic powder in the plastic factory makes the joke, “Ha! Looks like cocaine!”
I’m on break right now at work but wanted to share an essay with you … Rae and I are watching my parent’s dogs. We are dog parents right now, but luckily will be free of them by the time it’s time to pay for dog college or dog weddings. I wrote about the experience for Real Pants, as well as some thoughts on Pumpkin Spice bringing about the end times of earth, the novel Lonesome Dove, and grapes.
Check out the essay here
I have been writing an essay almost every week about the intersection between creativity and working a labor intensive job away from the computer desk. The essays are all collected here . Thanks to Adam Robinson and Amy McDaniels for the support at their site, Real Pants and continuing to host the essay series.
This week’s essay is called Nuclear and it is about what it is like to do temporary outage work at a nuclear power plant. No two nuclear outages are the same, and my experience there is probably not a common one, but, I shared my story here if you are interested.
It’s Friday and I’m at work. I have a new story at Maudlin House called “Roast Beast“. It’s about my new neighborhood in Jersey City. I like the new neighborhood. Check out the story here and please send it around to all your friends who like lunch meat, flip flops, rockabilly music and super heroin.
In other news, I’ve been watch the Netflix show The Get Down and there was a pretty badass part last night where Grand Master Flash taught the kids who to mix two turntables together to make an everlasting beat for the MCs to rap ova. I’ll give you a hint, it involves a crayon. Anyways, great TV show.
Also, I’ve been working on my next book, Dustbunny City, coming out around thanksgiving from Disorder Press … So psyched to mail out early review copies of the book in about a month, month and a half. I’ll keep you posted about it, as those things go.
Thank you for rocking
There’s a month of summer left. I’m looking forward to getting watermelon punch drunk this weekend and doing some night swimming. It’s 109 degrees here today at the oil refinery. Jeez Louise.
Very happy that today over at Fanzine I have a new essay called “Our House Is A Very Fine House“.
It’s about the first house my parent’s were able to afford, one that was vandalized and one that my brother and I destroyed even more than the vandals.
Carabella Sand is one of my favorite artists. She drew the house. The house has graffiti on it that says “Fuck Off! This Place Is Haunted!” and it was, it reall was. But not by ghosts. By us.
Check out the essay here
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been writing an essay a week for Real Pants. The essays are about creativity and working for a living. I work heavy construction in an oil refinery and while I’m there, I write on my cellphone on my breaks. A few of my novels were written that way, most of my stories and poems were written that way. Here’s a list of all the essays so far. I’m really enjoying this project and not sure how long it’s going to keep going, but 22 pieces into it, I’m still having a ball.
Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing these links with people who you think could gain anything from them. Sometimes we all get stuck in our creative efforts. I hope these essays help some people out of a creative jam they have found themselves in.
Work Safe Or Die Trying Column at Real Pants
- Move Carelessly About Your Life – Pokemon Go! Flag Dog. Party Clock
- Come Visit Often – Running Out of Creative Juice, hitting road to find it
- No More Hawaiian Punch Notebooks – writing first novel, at first
- Where You’re From – living in a campground/living in NYC
- Time Isn’t After Us – making time for art at all costs
- Brooklyn & Alaska – Fishing in Alaska with Matt Nelson
- On The Beach – swimming and getting sunburnt
- Recording an Audio Book – home recording my novel F250 to tape
- Troll Dolls and Scarecrows – driving a forklift at a farm market
- Spray Tans and Kingdom Hearts – working at GameStop with Elle Nash
- TL;DR – the movie Adaptation and second drafts of a novel feel like hell
- Running and Walking – going for a run to forget your troubles, mowing lawns
- Glossary of Terms – definitions of terms for a heavy construction site
- Turtle on a Rock – art is for everyone, to consume, to create
- Night Shift – working night shift in an oil refinery
- Sun Rise – when night shift ends at the oil refinery
- Talking with Scott McClanahan – all about Scott’s jobs
- Discount Office Furniture – one winter I delivered discount office furniture
- Lunch Truck – I usually write on my cellphone at lunch time
- Welding and Writing – you start out in the dark and then you get used to it
- Drug Test – getting high at work, causing problems
- Work Safe Or Die Trying – Hi my name is Bud, I work heavy construction in NJ