Have a Squamous and Rugose Day

It’s Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s birthday today. Considering the extraordinary influence his work has had on my tastes in fiction and, oddly, music, it still surprises me how long it took before I finally read his stuff. The work of Stephen King, China...

GAAF 2013

Every weekend from April to October has a street fair, block party, or festival of some kind happening somewhere in the city of Chicago. My favorite of these is the Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival. It’s a little more low-key compared to some of the bigger events...

New Paint Job

The thing about building your own website is that you’re never really finished building it. Some of you may notice that once again things look slightly different around here. I believe this is the fourth overhaul in the last year and a half. The biggest change...

The Wonders of Freedom

I got several pages done on the second draft of a new play I’m working on. Today’s productivity was brought to you by Freedom, which might be the best ten bucks I’ve ever spent. I just tell it how long I want to work, and it disconnects me from the...

Delusional

I got laid off from my last full time job about sixteen months ago. It was not a huge surprise when it happened; things had been decaying for some time, and I had less and less to do, and then word came down that the Chicago office would be closing. The writing was...