November 18, 2019

While I personally have never been a fan of open marriages, Matthew Norman’s latest novel, Last Couple Standing, gives a humorous and insightful peek into the pleasures and perils of what it sometimes takes to keep a marriage alive in today’s world of instant gratification, online affairs, and easy-access internet porn.

As the rest of their close friends from college have all recently suffered divorces of varying degrees, Mitch, a high school English teacher, and Jessica, a therapist, make a bold decision to save their own 15-year marriage from the s...

October 3, 2019

If I'm not writing or having a cocktail with friends or spending quality time with my cats, I can usually be found curled up on my armchair or sprawled across my black leather couch reading. At home, I surround myself with books. They lurk in every room, even the bathrooms, just waiting to be read, to fulfill their sole purpose. And I make it a point to carry a book with me most everywhere I go, because you never know when you'll find yourself waiting too long for that oil change, trapped at a boring party, or stuck in traffic on the interstate. Whe...

April 29, 2019

     The other day, I took a day off - from all social media, from phone calls and texts, from being social of any sort - and this seemed to upset someone I had been talking to lately, because this person thought I was "ignoring them." I calmly explained that I wasn't, that I just needed a day to disconnect and be alone (something I often do), but this didn't seem to sway this person's opinion of the matter and they proceeded to tell me, twice during the phone conversation, that I needed to see a psychiatrist, I clearly needed help.

     Th...

January 31, 2019

     In 2009, my fiancé (and best friend since 2003) and I ended our relationship.

    There was a lot of drama, and tears, and about a year of silence between us, but ultimately we were able to move past it all and rekindle our friendship. By then, she had another boyfriend, I had another girlfriend, and life had resumed its usual rhythm. But during our tumultuous break-up and the few dark months that followed, I had conceived an idea for a novel, a sort of “what if” scenario, if things between us had taken a darker turn than they did, and...

December 23, 2018

"Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

     It was the morning of Black Friday.

     I was home alone and on my first cup of coffee when your mother called.

    I ignored the call because it was too early for conversation. I think you probably would’ve laughed at that; neither of us were morning people. A few minutes later, I saw her text: “Bad news, please call me.” I knew at that...

November 21, 2018

The other night, I went to a local bar in an attempt to drown out the loneliness that had begun to consume me. The idea of going home was almost unbearable, even though I have three loving cats to keep me company, and so I thought surrounding myself with strangers (and drinking excessively) would help ease the pain. It did, sort of, but thankfully a dear friend joined me, and I was able to open up to her (as I always am) and soon I'd forgotten all about the reasons that brought me to the bar in the first place. 

As usual, I was drinking an Old-Fashio...

October 28, 2018

Considering it’s the Halloween season, I thought I would write about something all writers face at least once, if not daily, in their career: fear.

More accurately, the fear that our writing won’t be good enough.

Ever.

Regardless of how much we write, how many books we read, how often friends and family might praise whatever bits of writing we allow them to read and (gasp) critique, we have this innate fear that we will never be as good as Stephen King, or Anne Rice, or Ernest Hemingway. We fear we’ll never achieve that level of success almost every si...

September 27, 2018

This song has been highly inspirational to me while writing my novel, as have many other songs by She Wants Revenge, and it also hints as to what is to come.

Enjoy.

~D.

September 10, 2018

Missing the Muse

By

D. Michael Hardy

      You are waiting for inspiration, for the mythical muse to grace you with her presence.

     You’ve been doing this for the past forty-seven minutes, desperately gazing at your open laptop and wondering what the hell’s taking her so long, attempting to coax her out of hiding while slowly sipping on a semi-hot non-fat mocha (you come here so often the baristas don’t even have to ask anymore). Discreetly you avert your eyes and observe the other patrons – the middle-aged business professional typing dili...

April 11, 2017

 For the longest time I've avoided this whole "blog" thing. I never really saw much of a point to it personally. The idea of blogging felt more like a homework assignment than anything I'd actually enjoy taking time out of my life to do. That's not to say I haven't found other people's blogs highly entertaining or useful or informative in some way, quite the opposite actually. Over the years I've read countless blog posts on varying topics that have enlightened my ways of thinking or that have bestowed me with knowledge on topics I'd never entertain...

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