UPDATED: Remembering the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

It's hard for me to believe that the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up 30 years ago today, killing all seven astronauts aboard. I was in the 8th grade when it happened–at Katherine Edwards Middle School in Whittier, California–and my first reaction upon hearing other kids talking about it was that it was BS. But when I walked into … Continue reading UPDATED: Remembering the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster

Remembering when I first remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks

For me, remembering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon means remembering my friend Chris Atencio. My Newport Beach, California neighbor and close friend at the time, it was he who woke me up that morning to tell me what was happening (he didn't own a television, but … Continue reading Remembering when I first remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Why would anyone love America?

I usually reserve this space for something pithy or maybe an update on my novels, but right now it seems more fitting, more necessary, that I just write out some feelings. The massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on Wednesday night has been on my mind a lot, and I just feel the need to get … Continue reading Why would anyone love America?

We live in an era of giant statues, errors and robots

People still get fired for incompetence in this country, right? I mean, it's difficult for me to believe that given some of these developments: • This week the U.S. Postal Service released a new "Forever" stamp bearing poet Maya Angelou's likeness and a quotation that actually comes from someone else. • In the fall of 2014, Indiana … Continue reading We live in an era of giant statues, errors and robots

Third Charley Ridgway Maui noir novel is in the can

So yeah, yesterday I "finished" my third Charley Ridgway novel. I put "finished" in quotation marks because it was more like me just deciding not to tweak it anymore. I emailed it to Event Horizon Press yesterday afternoon, and now just have to wait and see what they say. The hard thing about writing a series … Continue reading Third Charley Ridgway Maui noir novel is in the can

Thinking about Ray Bradbury and my latest Maui novel

Perhaps because I'm working on a new novel (the third in my "Charley Ridgway" series of trashy noir set on Maui), I've been reading a lot more old interviews in The Paris Review than I used to. Considering that I never before read The Paris Review until I installed Flipboard on my iPad, even just the few of … Continue reading Thinking about Ray Bradbury and my latest Maui novel

Remembering road trips to Benicia, California Northern magazine and writing for free

And now to reminisce: Back in early 2011, I was still living in Northern California. My girlfriend Angie and I enjoyed taking road trips (an activity not really possible on Maui), and one weekend we drove from Sacramento to Benicia, in East Bay. She'd been there, but I never had. We had a great time, … Continue reading Remembering road trips to Benicia, California Northern magazine and writing for free

Become Ocean, my new musical obsession

So lately I've found myself listening to John Luther Adams' Become Ocean, the composition that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. I first heard of the piece a few weeks ago on American Public Media's Performance Today, and have immersed myself in the piece pretty much at least once a day since. For the … Continue reading Become Ocean, my new musical obsession

My New Book ‘Stealing Cars With The Pros’ Now Available At Amazon.com

Got home today to find this waiting for me. It's a collection (published, like my noirish Maui novels, by Event Horizon Press) of some of my noir-themed pieces of journalism dating back to early 1996, when I first decided to become a reporter. It's organized by theme - misfits, rich people, cops/crooks, babes, etc. - … Continue reading My New Book ‘Stealing Cars With The Pros’ Now Available At Amazon.com

Event Horizon Press To Publish ‘Stealing Cars With The Pros,’ A Collection Of My Journalism

For those who simply can't buy and read enough books by yours truly, here's good news: later this month, Event Horizon Press (now located in Sequim, Washington) will publish a collection of my journalism under the title Stealing Cars With The Pros. The book contains 33 stories (some dating clear back to 1996) that touch … Continue reading Event Horizon Press To Publish ‘Stealing Cars With The Pros,’ A Collection Of My Journalism