Friday, November 19, 2010

Name change

There is a growing consensus that Tecker might not be the best name for the book.  Robbie Toe?  Toe?  The idea, of course, is to select the most catchy title.  We'll see what the results of further deliberation will yield.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Book discussions

Discussions of Tecker and its upcoming release have yielded interesting responses.  I tell listeners of the book's main character, Robbie Toe, and of its villain, the hyper-sexualized fourteen year old, Blue Jean.  The assumption people have when I tell them that the book is about bullying and false accusations is that the antagonist, not the victim, is the girl.  That's an interesting take on the subject, is what I hear.

If I'm lucky, Tecker will fall into the hands of somebody who thinks it's preposterous that girls can be so maliciously inventive and that I, the author, am someone possessed of a warped imagination that should not be given audience.  If I'm lucky, really lucky, my book will be banned.

Should I be so hopeful?

I endeavored to give voice to a population of innocent men who fall prey to bored, flippant girls who are very much aware of the power of sex to win over the attention of those in positions of authority.  Blue Jean, at least for the first three quarters of the book, wins over the school, the police, the justice system, and pretty much everybody in her small town.  I'll let my readers decide if the ending is appropriate -- that is, if it is a snapshot of justice in a culture oftentimes disinclined to defer to the truth.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cat poem

I write poetry in between tackling my bigger projects like novels and plays.  One of my readers noticed that in all of my works, cats play some kind of role.  I don't know what to make of this fact.  Perhaps someone smarter than me further on down the road will make some very erudite pronouncement on that topic.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I am anxiously awaiting the release of my debut novel, Tecker, which is due out in the middle of 2011.   I believe that the topic matter, bullying, is timely as instances of bullying around the country are becoming more and more publicized.  My protagonist, Robbie Toe, is a victim of a false accusation -- one slung by a nasty fourteen year old girl named Blue Jean who finds the whole affair amusing to say the least.  In no time, the police and the townspeople get behind Blue Jean's story, and Robbie Toe is callously tossed in jail.  During the research process, I discovered stories of so many men, young and old, who were victims of such accusations.  My novel takes a unique approach to the subject by making the bully a highly sexualized girl and the victim a dim-witted, though good-hearted young man, thereby widening the scope of how bullying can look.