A Liar of Myself

This would be a good spot to leverage the revision process by incorporating another paragraph’s worth of running commentary on my authorial development, into the wider context of my failing health. If the reader remembers, near the end of chapter five there was mention of a slight cough and generalized fatigue. At that time, I […]

She Said her Name Was Hecate

Crazy Dream: I find myself in a sprawling, big city mall with an elderly woman who looks kinda like mom but apparently, she’s my aunt, although I don’t have any aunts in real life. We’re on some type of getaway, perhaps engaged in a tryst as there’s a strong sexual undertone, including some touching, and […]

Poor Little Bastard

Perhaps I’m at risk of turning this memoir into mom’s hagiography but previous to her cognitive decline I can’t recall any instances where her words or actions burned or even slightly smouldered with the molten malevolence of a single sun, let alone a thousand, which reminds me… There was this time in the grocery store. […]

Nazi Christmas!

Heinrich ‘Holocaust’ Himmler looked spookily similar to the manager of a grocery store I once worked at. The resemblance was strong enough to merit the use of words like dead ringer and doppelganger. I ended up sneaking a picture of Himmler onto the manager’s desk the day he fired me for refusing to lock the […]

Cold to the Touch

After returning home, I poured a heavy drink and near its bottom found the nerve to call the number connected to the address. A voicemail greeting would’ve revealed the sex and possibly even the age of the number’s owner, however, I was prevented from gleaning those details by an automated message that said my call […]

Rear Area Pig

During a monitored phone call with my literary agent, it was suggested to me that I look for inspiration in the lives of other authors who seized upon the opportunity to write while serving custodial sentences. I would’ve taken my usual notes throughout the conversation but was unlucky enough to have misplaced my stubby, prison-issued […]

Incarcerated Dive into English Literature

There was a study done in the United States examining recidivism rates of released prisoners. Each participant had completed an educational curriculum of some kind while incarcerated. Some earned diplomas after finishing two-year associate programs designed to provide students with an entry point into lengthier majors. Others signed up for the long haul and attained […]