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Some Books That Inspire Me

Some Books That Inspire Me

With my book coming out tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to pay respect to some of the books that inspired it. What I write is often referred to as “lad lit,” stories about young men fumbling through their emotional and personal baggage. They’re typically humorous, heartfelt, contemporary stories that are seen as the male equivalent to “chick lit,” I guess. Whatever you want to call it, these types of books have shaped a lot of what I’ve set…

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Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus

I’m still bummed that my vacation’s over (yeah yeah, I’ve been back three months), so I’ve decided to jot down another story. I didn’t swim in any other lochs, though, so it’s all downhill if I keep writing about these things The second leg of our Scotland trip took us to Fort Augustus, a tiny town on Loch Ness that we never planned on visiting. We meant to stay in Fort William, which is about an hour southwest, but, well,…

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I swam in a loch

I swam in a loch

My friends and I went on a ten-day trip to Scotland last month, and now that I’m back I pretty much want to tell everyone about it. That would require a lot of typing, though, so I’m just gonna write about this stupid thing I did. That picture up there is Eilean na Moine, which is where Dumbledore’s grave was filmed in the Harry Potter movies. We always planned on visiting it, and my brother and I always joked about…

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Bert

Bert

A little less than a year ago, I went out for pizza and scribbled down a story featuring Bert, my brother’s kinda overweight, very flighty cat. It’s about other things, sure — marriage, awkward conversations with your parents, etc. — but Bert’s pretty much what bring it together. Anyway, the great folks over at Dime Show Review recently gave the story — titled “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” (yes, after the Wilco song) — a home, so feel free to give…

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Fried Chicken, Divorce, and Ice Cream

Fried Chicken, Divorce, and Ice Cream

‘ey-oooo! I have a new story out over at 1:1000 about fried chicken and divorce and the healing powers of ice cream sundaes. If you have a minute, feel free to give it a look. Better yet, while you’re there, check out their collection and all the fun things they have to offer. The journal’s a neat concept; they have a collection of photos they’ve sourced from different photographers, and writers are encouraged to pick one and write a 1,000(ish)-word story…

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2016 in Review (Or, Why I’ll Miss Carrie Fisher)

2016 in Review (Or, Why I’ll Miss Carrie Fisher)

I originally wrote a year in review a week ago, but I didn’t have a lot to say about anything. And then Carrie Fisher died, and I found myself confused and upset and really kind of pissed off. This isn’t a discredit to everyone else who died in 2016 — there are a lot, and they’re all tragic, really — but, to me at least, Carrie Fisher meant a lot. Not just as Princess Leia, but as an altogether badass…

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