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Tales from the Ragged Edge · 3d ago

Scenes from a Misspent Youth

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted, and I probably owe an apology or maybe an explanation. Short answer: health, politics, and depression cornered me in an alley, beat me up, and took ...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 2M ago

After the Huge Crossover, a New Cobalt

I had a realization earlier today as I was plugging away on the next Cobalt City novel. (Yes, the novel is going well. No idea when it will be done, but I’m writing angry and will keep y’all...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 3M ago

Shifting Gears & Sharpening Swords

In September, I was working on my punk rock fable A Winter Lullaby and taking my time with it because I want to do this one right. It’s the novel I’m taking seriously in the same way I pursu...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 3M ago

Fringe Candy: That OTHER Peanut Butter Cup

It’s not that I have anything against peanut butter and chocolate. In fact, I remember one night with a friend back when I was sixteen or seventeen when we split a hand-packed quart of Baski...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 5M ago

Album Review – Roland Pearsall – Sell Your Soul

There are few things I enjoy more musically than a well-crafted album that’s difficult to categorize. There’s something both immediate and timeless about Roland Pearsall’s album Sell Your So...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 6M ago

Hell is a Parade

We have a parade that runs through the heart of my neighborhood every summer. For some, it’s a source of joy. For others, not so much. I got caught in it a few years ago and made the comment...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 8M ago

Of Fathers and Sons and the Burden in our Blood

This is going to get personal. Perhaps uncomfortably so. But this has been on my mind a lot recently. Bail out now if you must. I won’t judge you. Last warning. Okay. One of my most dominant...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 10M ago

The Journey is the Destination: Leveling up as a Writer

Somehow, I figured this whole thing would get easier with practice. But writing is an eternal struggle between good and good enough. And if you have any sense of self awareness, the further ...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 11M ago

Murder and the Modern Writer

Looking back at my novels, there are a few universal truisms when it comes to my protagonists. At their core, they are all objectively good people. They aren’t all saints, mind you. But unle...
Tales from the Ragged Edge · 11M ago

Hard Choices and Killing Your Darlings

I’m looking at a list I’ve scrawled in one of my notebooks. It details the novels I’ve written since I hunkered down to write Cobalt City Blues somewhere around 12-13 years ago. It’s been a ...