Monday, July 12, 2010

Shine to Five Kilos

Let's go back a few weeks. I mentioned a short story I was working on called SHINE. I finished up said story a couple of weeks later and changed the name to FIVE KILOS- a more fitting title. I'm happy to say that it was picked up by one fierce online publication. I'll let you know when it hits.

Then there's the book. The motherfuckin' book. I say this will all the love in the world. Honest. And anybody who's ever taken on the task of writing a novel completely understands where I'm coming from. It's frustrating when it doesn't come along as fast as it should. It's euphoric when everything gels into a perfect flow of words. Comedy and tragedy. Sanity and insanity. Love and hate.

What I'm understanding, ultimately, is the fundamental importance of PATIENCE. I learned it with my short stories and the payoffs have been, for me, huge. I'm learning this all over again with the book and I dig the results.

On a side note, my wife and I just spent our ten year anniversary in Savannah, Georgia. We've been there a few times and it's always a trip for us. We dig on the old architecture. We eat too much. I drink too much. We had a blast. Fourteen years together and ten years of marriage to an angel. My flesh and blood savior. My everything. My Tasha Rae.

And with that, I'm done.

Stay chill, my friends.


  1. Happy anniversary and I'm looking forward to reading FIVE KILOS. Agree, it's a better title.

  2. Thanks, man, I really appreciate that...I'm truly lucky. And I hope you enjoy the story.

  3. Hey Mike, I'm in Manchester at the moment working so not getting much time on the computer. Well done with the short story (Nice new title) and keep rattling away at the novel, I know it'll be a success for you from what I read.

    And, best wishes to you and your BETTER HALF for reaching that milestone. :-) We're 17 years next month and, well,'s all been down hill from our 10th Anniversay! I'm joking! All the best to you both.

  4. David, I hope you get some well deserved R&R after your job and thanks for the well wishes on our anniversary.

    And thanks again for that picture on your site. That shit was too much!

  5. Mike,
    Love the short story title, know what yer mean re' the roller-coaster ride when writing a novel, and may I congratulate you n the missus on your anniversary.
    Ps. No 'gutter talk' there, buddy! :)

  6. But, but...I expect and hope for the toilet talk from you...seriously! It's what makes you, well, you. Besides, if you ever spent some time in my neck of the woods, I think you'd find a challenge in sophmoric, off-color humor from yours truly.

    Col, thanks for the congrats and for stopping by. It's truly a good thing to have Col Bury back with us and out and about on the web.

  7. Congratulations on the publishing coup and the Annivesary (in this day and age, that is the equivalent of fifteen years!).

  8. Thanks Cormac. Only I'll keep that anniversary equivalency data to myself: Anniveraries tend to increase in cost as they go up in years.

    Cheers and as always, good to have you stopping by.