My Head Is Full Of…

Newsletter 022 – September 9th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: It’s a picture I took six years ago of the first checkpoint before entering Stiles Unit, the Texas prison where my brother, Steve, is incarcerated. See the Aggravated website if you don’t already know about Steve’s situation. In newsletters 10 through 16, I told …

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Porcupines Off the Coast…

Michael near Bar Harbor, Maine

Newsletter 021 – August 26th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The prominent island to the right of the tree in the center is Bald Porcupine Island, off the coast of Bar Harbor, Maine. A little farther in the distance are some other islands with spiny names (Sheep Porcupine, Burnt Porcupine, and Long Porcupine Islands). …

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Willingly Retreating…

Newsletter 020 – August 12th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I attended a writing retreat in the summer of 2015, held by the Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) on Sul Ross University’s campus in Alpine, Texas. My home in Spring (a northern suburb of Houston), is almost 600 miles away from Alpine. About 200 …

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A High Tide Lifts All…

Newsletter 019 – July 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This was taken on Galveston Island on January 4, 2014. I was there for a writing retreat. I’ve been to several different types of writing retreats since then (I’ll tell you about a couple of the others in the next two newsletters), but this …

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How Much is Too Much…

Newsletter 018 – July 8th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: It (and another one at the end of the newsletter) were both edited extensively. The same thing has to happen to a novel before it will be ready for publication. The reasons we edit images are often obvious. Compare my original image of Habitat …

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I’m a Lefty…

Newsletter 017 – June 24th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The Globe Theatre, on the south side of the Thames, is where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. This image was taken at the new Shakespeare’s Globe, which was finished in 1997, and is a reconstruction of the original. It’s located about 750 …

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And Then There Was One…

Newsletter 016 – June 10th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This was taken by the side of the road in the UK’s Lake District, somewhere between Ravenglass and Hawkshead. In newsletters 13, 14, and 15, I mentioned three very different projects that I might take up at some point in the future: one anthology …

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And Then There Were Two…

Newsletter 015 – May 27th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This one relates to today’s topic, a book series I’m thinking of writing. Working title: The Lives of Franklin Roosevelt Jones. The titular character in the series, born on July 4, 1946, would likely have been born in a hospital just like this one. …

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And Then There Were Three…

Newsletter 014 – May 13th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This picture was actually taken at some marshland along the Texas Gulf Coast. The book I’m going to talk about in this newsletter is set in Louisiana, though. I grew up reading a lot of classic literature. One of my favorites as a child …

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And Then There Were Four

Newsletter 013 – April 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The background is just comprised of some graphic elements I’ve been tinkering with to possibly use on the cover of a book called A Mixed Bag. Over the last three newsletters, I tried to give you a sense of what the next few books …

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