Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This is Coral May Delmore's view of the sunset over Saint Helena's Bay as my story, 'Fishwife', closes. Does she find peace? Does she find the restorative properties of the ocean?

In actuality, if anyone were curious, this is sunset over the Atlantic from Jekyll Island, GA.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Of Oceans, Waves and the Sea

I grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts, so for my whole life growing up, I lived very close to the sea. I lived in Portland, ME for five years and had, albeit small and across a parking lot, a view of Casco Bay and the open ocean beyond. I also lived on Rota Island, in the Northern Mariana Island chain, and was able to snorkel and/or dive nearly every day (I even taught Marine Biology, so I had the opportunity to go snorkeling and get paid, heaven!) I've always had a special affinity for the water, probably stemming from being thrown in my grandparents pool when I was two years old, and finding to my, and my parents', delight, that I floated. The short story I'm working on now, 'Fishwife' explores the link that some people have with the ocean, no matter how attenuated, and how this link might allow someone to bring themselves out of misery.

I now live inland in Greenville, SC, and have done so for the last 2.5 years. I have a dull ache in my chest that represents my hunger to reconnect with the ocean.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Top 10 Graphic Novels! (umm, maybe Top 14)

So it’s nice to see that graphic novels are finally starting to take their place in the pantheon of literature. Here’s my list, in no particular order, of the best. In my opinion, you should run to your local library or book store and begin reading all of these.


1. Ex Machina - Brian K. Vaughn

2. Invincible - Robert Kirkman

3. Concrete - Paul Chadwick

4. Hellboy - Mike Mignola

5. Powers - Brian Michael Bendis

6. So Smart in Their Fine Uniforms - Kurt Busiek

7. Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughn

8. Fables - Bill Willingham

Single Shots:

1. Watchmen - Alan Moore

2. Creature Tech - Doug TenNapel

3. Blankets - Craig Thompson

4. Sin City - Frank Miller - Not exactly a 1 shot, but not a series-series per se)

5. The Rabbi's Cat - Joann Sfar

6. Our Cancer Year/American Splendor - Harvey Pekar

7. Blue Pills - Frederick Peeters

There are probably some that I’m forgetting, but that’s a pretty good list to start.