Friday, April 24, 2015

Interesting If Not Completely Successful

What do you prefer -- something boring that totally works or something interesting that doesn't completely work?

Or this?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some Day Your Name Will Be A Verb

Dr. Frank from the Mr. T Experience, aka Frank Portman, has written a great angsty teen novel called King Dork.

The protagonist is a teenage boy who plays a little guitar and is forever starting bands with his best friend, who plays a little bass. They name their bands, adopt stage names, design logos and album covers, then move on to a new band... without bothering to rehearse, write songs, learn material, or perform.

As part of the audiobook for King Dork, Dr. Frank wrote and recorded versions of a few of the songs his hero eventually writes in the book.

And here are a few:








The book's plot fizzles a bit by the end, but I highly recommend it because of how well it captures how it feels to be a male teenager trying to figure out life, love, sex, family, and friendships.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Middle Bits Are So Predictable

It was twenty years ago today...

Sheesh, look how young they are.

Then again, we were all probably a lot younger back then, too....

Friday, March 20, 2015

Exceedingly Vivid

There is no turning back...

The rhythmic late-night thump of tires on the smooth surface of a highway.

The promise of adventure: earned, unearned, and not quite delivered.

The glint of possibilities far in the distance. Never quite realized. Shimmering, shiny, ripe.

And always just out of reach.

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