Taradash Types

Old habits…

Old habits…

It occurred to me today that I can’t recall the last time I heard a new joke. Strangely enough, when I was in Japan I would hear and tell jokes with some frequency. Between...

A fair amount to mull over.

A fair amount to mull over.

Last week I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Poland in the company of some interesting writers and creative types, and the whole experience was thought provoking in a way that I...

The word for today

The word for today

Facebook means that now I can get little updates from virtual strangers, usually written as if everyone reading was intimately familiar with the details of their current lives. “Oh, that’s just a regular night...

A literal artifact

A literal artifact

I’m currently working on a book layout for OFF_press. Sometimes I prepare written materials for printing. It’s one of those things I do from time to time, like calisthenics, recycling, or eating a whole...

Another voice added to the din

Another voice added to the din

So, people in the US are upset about the prospect of… what? Creeping socialism and not being able to choose which doctor they can’t afford anyway? And people in the UK are upset because…...

Poor Michael Finnegan… begin again

Poor Michael Finnegan… begin again

Perhaps you’ve noticed the new look on the site. The changeover has not been without some difficulty, as I’ve had to tear down just about everything, and re-install everything else. A couple of times,...

Ask Dr. Literate*

Ask Dr. Literate*

The first in a series of explanations of idioms, classical allusions, or literary-sounding stuff that ought to make sense from context but doesn’t. What does it mean to wonder if one can ‘bend the...

Culture? Commerce? Commercials?

Culture? Commerce? Commercials?

Over the last two weeks or so I’ve been busy with arranging some publicity efforts for an literary anthology I’m involved with. Something about publicizing writing seems to cause a near-allergic reaction in people...

Short fiction, short post… maybe

Short fiction, short post… maybe

I’ve read rather a lot of short fiction lately. Three collections from individual authors and three anthologies from small presses in the UK. Given that I’m going to appear in one of those collections...

Pen to paper, pedal to metal

Pen to paper, pedal to metal

Very little about the work of writing is glamorous. Unless it’s something like a television script or a play, there’s usually just one person working alone. Speaking for myself, it’s not the sort of...