Water Balloons Against the Wall

After reading my author bio detailing my 35-year inability to hold a job, I’ve often heard people say, “Your life has been so exciting!” My usual reply—not entirely self-deprecating—is, “It sounds a lot more exciting than it was. I mostly remember being tired.” Also,...

I (Don’t) Love New York

Full confession—and I’m still conflicted by this—I lived in New York City for five years. I know, I know, shocking. But with therapy, I’m recovering. What possessed Kay-Kay and me to pull up stakes from our beloved Virginia and move to NYC? Well, at the time it seemed...

Two Stiffs Writing Hist Fic, Part the Third

Jeff: Well, here we are again, wheezing on about being historical novelists while mud wrestling with our various doses of Impostor Complex. Let me start by saying congrats on Book 2 of your medieval fun-and-frolics trilogy coming out! Let’s get the advertisement out...

John Tyler’s House and Modern Memory

Today’s topic is… John Tyler’s House. Or alternatively, memory and history. ‘Cause they’re all kind of jumbled together for me right now. I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Cradle of Presidents, the Old Dominion, Britain’s first colony (if you don’t count...

Why I Love Shakespeare

I’ve used a favorite Shakespeare quote in business correspondence several times over the years. It’s from the first act of Julius Caesar: There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is...

Santa’s Got Nothin’ on Befana

[This marks my 100th post since starting this author’s blog in February 2016. Since that first post, I’ve written over 130,000 words here, in addition to two novels, most of a third, and a fourth underway. To those of you who have against your better...

My German Kid

As I was just out of the shower yesterday, my wife, Kay-Kay, said, “Hand me a roll of toilet paper from the closet, please.” My immediate response was, of course, “You need TP for your bunghole??? Heh. Heh, heh.” Which is hilarious if you were ever, like me, a devoted...

Off the Grid

Whether due to climate change or supremely bad luck—like those people that live in “100-Year Floodplains” and find their houses underwater every three years—we’ve had our second multi-day power outage in the last two months here on The Peninsula. This being the...

But Did He Really Mean It?

It is widely held in legal lore that it was common practice right up until the 19th century for lawyers, when drafting pleadings or other legal documents like wills, to be paid by the word. This perverse incentive led, surprising no one, to Very Long Documents Indeed....

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