Self-aware. Self conscious. Self induced.



Focus in writing and focus in general, both of which I’m struggling with these days.

The latter’s causes are easy to identify. Aside from the news about Susan and Barry, I’m in a new city (since New Year’s). Detroit is incredibly interesting and it is incredibly friendly. It is a very southern-like city in the upper midwest. Lisa and I think this has to do with the Great Migration, not that we have anything to support ourselves, proof-wise. It’s all anecdotal, trying to make sense of stuff. Friendly or not, we’ve been in a cold, long winter and moving around here pretty much demands the use of a car. I’ve been unemployed, which was great for the first six weeks as I was able to wrap up a bunch of physical therapy and lose the weight I put on while working on Betrayal, but since then – the last eight weeks – it’s been a haul. This is a consequence of decisions I’ve made. Stuck living with it now until I make some changes.

I’ve had a couple of good runs on new and old writing, but those runs come and go. I finished up Egg and began querying it – great! I sent Sovereign Palace to a top notch writer friend who liked it enough to workshop it with me. I can’t tell you how generous this is, given that she normally charges for such work. In any case, I’m back to working on that. I’m working on some short fiction. I’m studying German and brushing up my Spanish over at Duolingo. I even go to the gym! All of this sounds like I’m quite productive, but most of my days feel like slogs more than zips.


I doubt I’ll get back into writing three times per week, but I’m going to try and return to some book reviews, maybe some more discussion of film work, and if I’m ambitious, something for the Bestiary. But I’d have to be really ambitious. Those entries take hours to write.

Though now that I’ve said that, ambition is probably exactly the sort of thing I could use to get my focus back on track.


No Story Today

I’m behind again. Spent the weekend seeing Lisa and going to a wedding instead of doing any writing here, and when I was doing writing, I was working on my query for Egg, which has been getting a lot more love from me than the actual manuscript has.

Tuesdays are becoming the New Mondays.

Have a good week!

Not a Story

Apologies. There’s not much going on right now on the writing front, not even in the links world.

I’ve started an intense full-time job that will take me through the end of November and the current draft of The Story of the Story of the Egg is out with my first round of betas.

I really thought I would be able to stay up to speed on the fairy tale but, as you can see, nothing today.

Lisa’s moving to Detroit for the next couple of months as well, so there’s as much going on home-front-wise as there is work-wise. Makes for a fairly intense time at the moment.


I hope that I’ll be back up to speed next week.

Weekend, 29 June 2013, no links

Things are a bit nuts at the moment, so no links this weekend. We are leaving Berlin on Tuesday and returning to the States and what looks like it’s going to be a Great Deal of Work.

I’m working on a new serial to pitch to JukePop, some different directions to try than the folk tale series, which will entail some different posting schedules.

Instead of 3 days per week, the folk tale will drop to 1-2 times a week – probably 1, at least in the beginning and until I can get a buffer in place. Work is promising to be a 72-hour a week marathon.

Naturally, all of this is good and no complaints – more than anything it simply means adjusting to the new schedule.

I’ll try to get back on the links bandwagon, too, but somehow our time here is accelerating with work as we prepare for departure, not slow down. Not used to that!

thanks for reading!

Berlin, Baby

We made it. We’re in Berlin, we’re getting through our jetlag, and we’re walking everywhere. Which is not to say that there’s not great public transportation here. There is. We’ve just been walking everywhere, that’s all.

Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz


I won’t be writing very much about Berlin here, I don’t think – I’ll be posting about it mostly with Lisa over at Riveting Pictures – specifically, at the Berlin Diary today’s post is “Kerfufflage“). It’s going to be a twice-weekly thing goes the thinking. I’m on Thursdays, Lisa’s on Mondays. We’ll see how well we do.


No links today. To my surprise, a quick freelance job has come through and while it’s only going to be for three weeks, it’s going to see me through right up until we pack out for Berlin and, more relevantly for my time writing, is for 12 hour days at least 6 days a week. My guess is that the stories will also fall off a bit and everything will go quiet for the latter half of March.


thanks for  your patience and reading.



Links Round-up, 16 Feb

Already mid-February. That seems insane.

We’ve got our tickets for Berlin and are now in the process of getting everything else figured between now and then. One of the very, very minor figurings is that I’ve changed the name of the blog at long last – you probably didn’t even notice. The URL remains, for the moment, EveryDayPerformance, but the title of the blog itself as you’ll see in the upper left, is Likely Fictions, which makes a bit more sense. I’m inclined to change the URL as well, but I want to do some investigating first to make sure it doesn’t screw anything up for subscriptions. It’s been over a year since I’ve done any of the ethnographic observations on here that I thought would be the new focus, but who knows – maybe that’ll pick up again once we’re in Germany. Then again, Lisa and I will be writing together at the Berlin Diary while we’re there.



First, a couple of one-offs. From Today’s Document, an historic instance of voter fraud in which Susan B. Anthony was arrested and fined for “being then and there a person of the female sex” (and voting). Since, in 1872, the ladies couldn’t do that.

Two paper-related links. Lisa Nilsson is a friend of ours from Indiana days. When we knew here she painted greeting cards for money and taught herself things like scrimshaw because she is congenitally curious. These days she creates images with tightly curled paper, called “quilling,” and takes her inspiration from medical textbooks (and the occasional illumination). Really amazing – here.

Li Hongbo creates these paper sculptures… Look, I don’t know how he does it. Go slowly through this page and be sure to watch at least one of the short videos. My big question is how he managed to get the sculptures to collapse once again into their “at rest” state.

Brazilian Carnival

Click on that image above for more images from Carnival. Lots of scantily clad samba dancers, so if that’s not your thing, heads up.

For movie fans, all of the Oscar-nominated shorts are online and Slate has them all on one page for your viewing pleasure. I particularly liked the Simpsons throwback, but I think the good money is on Disney’s Paperman.

Lastly, from the annals of the dedicated, perhaps admirable, and definitely weird, is German wolf researcher Werner Freund, who’s taken Louis Prima’s song “I Want to Be Like You” and gone the other direction. This series combines some of the, uh, medical-seeming level of Lisa Nilsson’s quilling from above with all of the realism that you expect from a photograph as Freund gets down with his pack. You might be grossed out but it’s really incredible. Click the picture.