Last Stop Bar & Grill

Lyle Skains New Writing 7:3, 2010 Two short lengths of PVC pipe form a cross, their junction secured with duct tape. The top of the makeshift crucifix holds a fat pink candle, dripping halted wax. ...

3000 Words a Day

That’s my goal, every weekday, from now until classes start at the end of September. If I can hit it, that will mean approximately 105,000 words in 7 weeks, translating to a finished draft of ...

This week in digital storytelling…

No, there’s not much chance I could keep up with things enough to post a weekly update every week. But I wanted to pull together a collection of the things I’ve been looking at and ...

Drowning Jonathan

Lyle Skains Florilegium, Pegleg Publishing, 2009 The bathtub is beautiful. Stunning. Majestic. Strong. Its talons span the cracking floor, casting an invisible net that keeps the ancient tiles from falling to the lower flat. The ...

First Drafts are…Not(?) Crap

I’ve written fiction now for a while, always intended for print publication. The adages there are always “first drafts are shit,” “we’re not writers, we’re REwriters,” and “revise, revise, revise.” We hear about Hemingway reworking ...

Getting Rolling

It’s a lovely week. I teach two classes (same module, twice) for the English department, and on the schedule this week rose two lovely words: “Reading Week.” It’s a really fancy way to say “no ...

And Now for Something More Academic

It’s been a crazy week already. My ninja plan is in place, and making me feel a bit excited, even though nothing is for sure. At least I have something to work toward. I also, ...

A Queen for a King

Lyle Skains Electric Spec 3:3, 2008 She flitted among the trees like a dragonfly. Her dress glittered, alternately sheer and opaque in the piebald light rippling over the forest floor. She laughed, and he heard ...