Why I dedicated my new Maui novel ‘Pau Hana Time’ to my friend Chris

It's finally happened: Event Horizon Press has published my third novel, titled Pau Hana Time. You can find it right now in paperback at Amazon (click here to buy it). An e-book version is coming soon, which will also be available at Amazon. This was a far more difficult novel to write than I originally … Continue reading Why I dedicated my new Maui novel ‘Pau Hana Time’ to my friend Chris

Donald Trump is scary because America is scary

The enslavement of Africans and African-Americans. The Pequot War. The Olowalu Massacre. The Trail of Tears. The Mexican War. The Civil War. The Sand Creek Massacre. Wounded Knee.  I've seen this Feb. 9 Vox.com post from Ezra Klein, titled "The rise of Donald Trump is a terrifying moment in American politics," a few times already in my … Continue reading Donald Trump is scary because America is scary

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