Gaining a Mind

It’s a good morning. I’ve just finished a creative writing session before work and am well on my way to completing my first new book-length work of fiction in almost ten years. Creatively-speaking, nothing fills me with feeling and excitement like letting a story run through me. I anticipate that my novella will be finished within the next couple months, if not sooner, and I hope to be able to share it after that.

At the moment, though, I don’t have much to share regarding creative works. I recently completed a super-busy semester, filled with teaching and trying to move research forward. And I’ve also had a lot of good times with family, which hasn’t left much time for writing.

I did, however, write a poem/song a couple months ago that I’d like to share. It describes the feeling of changing and holding on at the same time, and is very relevant to how I’m feeling right now about maintaining a creative mind. Below is a link to the song. I’ll also share just the words further below, in case you’d (like me, almost) rather it just be a poem. Thanks much for your interest.

Hopefully I’ll have a great story to share soon.

Oh, I’m losing my mind,

one synapse at a time.

But I’m gaining one too,

based on everything that I do.

Yes, I am gaining a mind.

So I’ve got to be careful

about how I spend my time.

Lose the feelings that I love

and I’ll probably lose me too.

And a mind that is lost,

might not look for itself again.

So, keep doing what makes you,

whatever makes you,

feel how you like to,

how you like to.

Slip or Jump (a Novel) Readings

Below, I’ve shared two links to audio in which I read from my published novel, ‘Slip or Jump.’ Both of the readings can stand alone, and don’t need to be listened to in order. They are both passages that I had fun writing. Because I believe that the words could be useful to someone else, I decided to try a bit harder to share them.

The novel is about a young person who has an existential crisis after getting stoned and nearly jumping off of a cliff. He turns down a job, breaks up with his girlfriend, and goes on a road trip (without a car), during which he meets a lot of people while trying to come to terms with the death that almost happened, and a life which for the first time he honestly tries to understand.

I wrote this novel about five years ago, during my senior year as an undergraduate. I didn’t sell many copies, but feel very lucky that circumstance caused me to sit down and think long enough and hard enough about the things in this book to become a better writer, and a better person.

Reading # 1 is longer and involves Sam Steele (the main character) meeting his ex-girlfriend in a state park. Reading # 2 is shorter and involves Sam talking to a man with Parkinson’s disease. Enjoy.