Introducing: Cowboy Herold

Sharing his thoughts on a fresh draft of my novel in progress, the contract illustrator proclaims: This whole thing is, like, so hilarious! Best of all, the 4th grader can barely utter consecutive syllables without breaking into fits of hysterics as he tries to describe the characters. His cheeks stretch too wide for speech at … Continue reading Introducing: Cowboy Herold

Opening Day

MLB opens today. With the game on my mind, I revisit how a small deformity of mine became an asset in fiction for the narrator---an all star pitcher---of my first published story. My thumb, badly slashed on New Years Eve by the broken neck of a champagne bottle, never healed properly. After surgery to reconnect … Continue reading Opening Day

How about some free days? — Entertaining Stories

MLB Opening day tomorrow. In that spirit, and in keeping with my recent series about baseball, sports, and writing, I'm taking this rare measure of re-blogging the announcement of fellow blogger C.S. Boyack. Hope you'll take him up on his offer of a copy of the Enhanced League on Kindle. https://www.youtube.com/embed/i94ldGNNSQ0?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Once upon a time, … Continue reading How about some free days? — Entertaining Stories

How We Write

Writing is physical. Writing is athletic. Writing requires the same discipline of a dedicated athlete in pursuit of peak performance. I note this, not to be repetitive, but as a corollary to my series on Little League and the trajectory of sports in life for me. These things are one and the same: the first … Continue reading How We Write

Little League VI: The Wrap

Now spring has brought us out to baseball again. I’m coaching my sons. The last four years, I’ve coached my sons at baseball. Baseball always meant a lot to me, though I was neither the fastest nor the strongest nor the most reliable at the bat. Still, I know enough about the game, and enough … Continue reading Little League VI: The Wrap

Little League V: Ironman

Team sports weren’t for me. I didn’t compete again for a decade. Inspired by my brother, I picked up triathlon. I biked to work through the winter months in New York, swam at Brooklyn College after teaching, ran with the Roadrunners led by an aging postal worker. I competed in my first event in Tampa/St. … Continue reading Little League V: Ironman

Eddie Eagle vs Joe Camel

I was perusing NRATV---yes, the NRA broadcasts 24 hours a day!---to choose my favorite 'freedom and firearm-related programming' for the afternoon. Did I want to hear Dan Bongino crack the code and expose 'the real agenda' behind March for Our Lives? Or would I rather get to know why Dana Loesch* thinks, in her simpleton's binary, … Continue reading Eddie Eagle vs Joe Camel

Little League IV: ‘Glory’

There was nothing like pole vault. Our equipment was flawed: old fiberglass poles with no give. Coach knew nothing about it and left us to our own devices. Half a dozen guys tried. Sprint hard as we might, the pole didn’t budge. We climbed it like pillaging savages. Between stints climbing the pole---8 feet, 9 … Continue reading Little League IV: ‘Glory’

Little League III: Pole Vault

I tried out for high school ball the following year. I hit longer, straighter flies than I had at tryouts the year before. The coach---who slept on a basement bed in the very apartment where I delivered my middle school coach's newspaper---already knew the story. ‘He’ll hit in tryouts. Goose-egg during the season.’ Rated beneath … Continue reading Little League III: Pole Vault

Little League II: 0 for 12

My father ran bread routes for Wonder most mornings. He delayed the deliveries to throw me curves and fastballs when tryouts came around. He zeroed my hands and eyes, quickened my bat to the rawhide in the pre-dawn twilight. Confident still in the afternoon, I showed for tryouts with a quick bat and hit high, … Continue reading Little League II: 0 for 12