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April 11, 2015

I will love you till the end of time

In celebration of barbershop quartet day, here's a record of my midnight revelries with the North and South Carolinas District convention in Myrtle Beach 2013.

March 21, 2015

Cramb-bo: Monkey Style

Blast from the Past Department


In 2004, I ended up in Osaka, Japan for two days. I spent one day meeting with a customer and the next touring the temples and the imperial palace in Kyoto. There's a story about returning an umbrella in there, but that's for another time.

In the intervening night I stayed in the smallest hotel room in the world. (I encountered the smallest elevator in the world in Geneva, Switzerland, but that is another story. Again.)

Before I crashed, I went out for dinner. As I walked across the pedestrian bridge over the tracks near the train station, I came upon a three-piece band rocking out. And when I say rocking out, I mean exactly that.

These guys were owning it like Bono on tour. Tight. Focused. Stylish like only the Japanese can do. I listened for several songs and then bought a CD. They found it very amusing when I asked for them to sign it.

My favorite cut from the album is titled Monkey Style. For all I know it could be obscene, but since I don't speak Japanese, I'm spared that knowledge. Actually, I think it's about Mylanta. Or maybe Sacagawea. But it's the chorus that seals the deal for me.

Your mileage may vary, but you can hear it on this Japanese website and decide for yourself.

March 6, 2015

Strange Vacation

What kind of wacky person writes a comedy novel about assisted suicide vacations? And who names the main character Berf?

Five years ago on Writing on the Air I talked about the article I read ten years ago that inspired Strange Vacation (and Endless Vacation).

January 28, 2015

Radio Interview - Indie Publishing

Part 3 of highlights from my January, 2015 Writing on the Air interview. We talk about indie publishing, screenwriting, and story structure. On a stick.

Radio Interview - Open Season

Remember when I read 38 novels to prepare for writing Open Season?

Find out why in this highlight reel from the Writing on the Air interview in January, 2015.

Radio Interview - The Fred Books

Did you hear the one about how I got tricked into writing Postcards from Fred?

Check out highlights from my interview on Writing on the Air in January, 2015.

January 26, 2015

Breaking Radio Silence Redux

It's been over two years since I've talked about my books on the radio, and I've written a few hundred thousand words since then, but the long national nightmare is finally over.

Tune into KOOP FM 91.7 (or online at koop.org) at 6 pm CST on Wednesday 1/28/2015 to hear me discussing Postcards from Fred and Open Season on the program Writing on the Air.

To hold you over, here are some highlights from the 2009 show.


January 24, 2015

Breaking Radio Silence

It's been over two years since I've talked about my books on the radio, and I've written a few hundred thousand words since then, but the long national nightmare is finally over.

Tune into KOOP FM 91.7 (or online at koop.org) at 6 pm CST on Wednesday 1/28/2015 to hear me discussing Postcards from Fred and Open Season on the program Writing on the Air.

To hold you over, here are some highlights from the 2012 show.


January 17, 2015

Reclamation Brewing Company

Prohibition began 95 years ago today. I celebration, I bring you this interview with Ben Smith at the Reclamation Brewing Company. Toward the end he recommends "What Would Jesus Drink." Ha!

-30:00 Story of how his father got run out of his church through religious bullying.
-19:00 WWJD mentioned.

January 16, 2015

Torn Curtain Church and WWJD

On the eve of the ninety-fifth anniversary of Prohibition, I'm going to turn you on to a cool study on a subject I know a few things about. I've heard countless sermons and read a dozen books on this topic, as well as doing the research to write a book of my own.

If you want a good overview of what the Bible says about drinking in a quick, easy read, What Would Jesus Drink? is your best bet. It's a short book, but it's all meat, no fluff, so you don't have to skim through stuff to get to the good parts. And the price is right.

However, if you want a deeper dive into the subject, Seph Coutinho at Torn Curtain Church has a four-hour, four-session podcast also titled What Would Jesus Drink? that knocks it out of the park.

The four sessions are:
  • Prohibition vs. the Bible (where he endorses my book about 5 minutes in)
  • Total Abstinence vs. Jesus
  • Moderation vs. Abuse
  • A History of Drinking
In the last segment at 24 minutes in, Seph again endorses WWJD as an easy read and mentions two other books on the subject, God Gave Wine and Drinking with Calvin and Luther.