Thursday, January 03, 2008

Wishing You What's Great in 2008

NEWS:

Nearly done the first draft of my novel-in-progress. Its working title is X-Ray Machine for Souls, which I borrowed from a William Vollmann book (p. 54 of his Rising Up and Rising Down).

The current draft weighs in at 45,000 words and counting. It will go through revisions and polish and you will hear about its release here… first! Send me your e-mail and I'll let you know when it's available.

WHAT I’M READING & LISTENING TO NOW:

Listening to: The Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Feist, Fionn Regan (check him out), and The Waterboys, among others. Always checking out jazz and playing my Coltrane, Brubeck, and Mingas CDs until their melodies are ingrained into my brain.

Reading: Why Kerouac Matters by John Leland (thanks, kids!), Poor People, a non-fiction work by Vollmann, and writing-related articles to keep up on the craft, eh?

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Also, my prayers and thoughts to all serving in the Middle East, especially Doug. Let us materialize productive, peaceful solutions to conflicts and forge positive international relationships that increase harmony and humanitarian efforts. TN

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