Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Apartment  

The Apartment by Greg Baxter was a spontaneous purchase. The joys of book shops. Wandering the store. Exploring new releases. Nice cover. Curious title. Read the 1st page. Sometimes a complete stranger will speak to you. Just the way the words fall together. And you'll buy something you didn't know  previously existed.

This is how I picked up The Apartment. A newly released hardback, at the time. By an author I'd never heard of. But it spoke to me. And even better it paid off - which is not always the case. Even if I do mostly trust my instincts.

The Apartment is on one level a simple story. And it is on that level that I enjoy it the most. A man has moved from the US to Europe, an unnamed city. Though from the description it feels like Vienna to me. He has an appointment to see an apartment, but is early so has time to kill. It is winter, he spends a lot of time walking. So he decides a good jacket would be good.

On that level the simplicity of it works for me. Obviously it is more than that. It is the language. The character. Into the base idea we get a history of the character and his choices. His family relationship with the city. The people he has met and nascent friendship resulting. Which is to say in the story of a man shopping for a jacket we get life.

It is hard to entirely explain why it worked for me. I can see it doesn't sound obvious. But I enjoyed. A lot.

So I occasionally keep my eyes open for new work by the author. But last night I was wandering the book shop. Frustrated by two novels in a row that did not connect. And there, in hardback, in the new releases - the new novel by Greg Baxter "Munich Airport". So I bought it and I'm reading it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fiction Summary-Notes April 2014 

Here is a periodic and updated summary of my fiction online:

Jack Move

Spirit Guide Plays Guitar


Issue 12: The Temple of the Inevitable
Issue 7: Blood & Souls
Issue 4: 1. Survivor
Issue 5: 2. No Survivor
Issue 3: When Gretchen Met Sally
Issue 2: Red Fever

Perhaps worth noting, one of my works in progress is a sequel to No/Survivor...

Telling of Tales: Podcast

The Gods Are Small Birds

Dark Fiction: Podcast

Twelve Days Anthology - Five Gold Rings - podcast anthology, my piece is Five Gold Rings.


From the short, sharp, dark and nasty end of the spectrum. I would ask for forgiveness, but the hound shall come when it is time...
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate No.1
The Lady
Cut Now, Cut Deep
What The Stars Hold
Finally! The Weather!

Saturday, March 22, 2014


cosmo_moda_dec27144 by Cihan Alpgiray
cosmo_moda_dec27144, a photo by Cihan Alpgiray on Flickr.

Friday, March 21, 2014

"The Tree" limited edition print 

"The Tree" limited edition print by Aron Wiesenfeld
"The Tree" limited edition print, a photo by Aron Wiesenfeld on Flickr.

Available at aron-wiesenfeld.squarespace.com/available/ at 11AM PST, March 21st

Monday, March 03, 2014

It's No Easier, On The Other Side 

It's No Easier, On The Other Side by TroyStith
It's No Easier, On The Other Side, a photo by TroyStith on Flickr.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Alice Pasquini - Barcelona 

Alice Pasquini - Barcelona by AliCè
Alice Pasquini - Barcelona, a photo by AliCè on Flickr.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snow Day 

Snow Day by The Searcher
Snow Day, a photo by The Searcher on Flickr.

"Nothing fancy, just a quick sketch from a childhood memory.

Childhood was sometimes odd."
-The Searcher

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Inside Liz Brizzi's studio as she prepares for 'Adrift' this April at Thinkspace 

Inside Liz Brizzi's studio as she prepares for 'Adrift' this April at Thinkspace by thinkspace_gallery
Inside Liz Brizzi's studio as she prepares for 'Adrift' this April at Thinkspace, a photo by thinkspace_gallery on Flickr.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Field of Light 06 

Field of Light 06 by byronv2
Field of Light 06, a photo by byronv2 on Flickr.


_S8Q5428 by orangeduck1207
_S8Q5428, a photo by orangeduck1207 on Flickr.

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