June 14, 2018

Fan mail is always great...

... but fan mail that combines a near-death experience with a whiff of blasphemy? Sublime!

This was sent by a young writer from Texas, and he also included the book he collaborated on, "Food Wars: A Noodle of Hope." It's a bit like a quality novelization of the movie "Space Balls" — and it's really good. Check out its previews!

May 15, 2018

I'm in McSweeney's!

My piece, "Philip Marlowe, Zumba Leader," is up over at the humor site, McSweeney's. I am very happy about this.

(Don't know what Philip Marlowe or Zumba are? Check those links!)

May 12, 2018

The Oregon Writing Festival

Time for a dance off!
Last week, I was lucky enough to speak with 425 young writers who came from all over the state for the Oregon Writing Festival at Portland State University. It was amazing — I wish I could explain how inspirational and funny and heartwarming these students are, but I ain’t got the words. (Some writer I am!) 
Before the festival started...

*ulp* I'm on next!
I react in terror to a simple question about the airspeed velocity of an unladen European swallow.
"No, I said 'put your hands in the air like you DON'T care.' But you clearly *do* care. Security? Remove him!"
One writer brought her own copy of one of my books to get signed.
But I wonder if she's really read it?