I was grateful to be so vividly reminded that even the smallest gesture—in this case, a single five dollar bill—can become something consequential. Even if most of the time, we don't see the immediate impact of our actions, it reminds me that every little bit of kindness is important.Read More
Posts from Pumpjack Press authors and contributors about culture, books, capitalism and more, with the occasional poem or short story. Submissions welcome.
Extinction or no-cost consciousness upload into military hardware at death? The decisions of a near-term future.Read More
Today is also the formal release date of the new book Kathleen and I wrote together, Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation (Pumpjack Press). It’s the second book in the series (book one, Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road came out May 2017) that imagines what might have happened if the two outlaws were spared from their gruesome end and given (or, more accurately, forced) to work for the government to protect the greater good. So why pick two notorious criminals and murderers (even though many believe Bonnie never pulled a trigger herself) to anchor the series? For three reasons...Read More
Reflections on simultaneously writing wildly different novels on the publication day of one. This is a tale of the birth of two books—one an alt-history thriller romance genre mash-upon and the other a likely-to-never-sell-more-than-1000-copies literary fiction novel about human consciousness.
We’ve been writing together for 17 years, about the same amount of time we’ve been a couple. The two are definitely related. We wrote our first book — The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance — in 1999 to see if we could refocus, or at least constructively channel, some of the dysfunctional energy that had already broken us apart once. It worked, and we’ve got the emotional scars, and books, to prove it. Here’s a Top 10 list of our most memorable writing fights and actual, applicable lessons extracted from each.
1) Punctuation. We literally fought about the overuse of em dashes once, and whether they were too masculine — especially compared to the more feminine semi-colon...Read More
Joining us today from the pages of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection is Lenny, a survivalist and improvised weapons expert with some peculiar political views. He’s the long-time friend of Tucker and is now deeply involved in making weapons capable of dispatching the undead.
Hello Lenny, welcome. What did you bring with you today? This? It’s a reverse surveillance tracker I made out of an old cassette recorder, a GPS unit and an electric toothbrush. I want to be able to monitor whoever it is monitoring this conversation to find out where they are broadcasting from.Read More
We are late getting this list up this year, but better late than never, we figured, to share good news about great art, artists and thinkers. This year, we're covering fiction, non-fiction and music.Read More