My latest invention: but what is it?! (Mar 10)

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Greyhound Lure, Protagonist (Feb 27)

Of course the question everyone ALWAYS asks me about this one, (see five, four, and three, and two), is but What do you Mean with the Title?. Bad question. Don't focus on the title. It's not aesthetic in the least. It's like, more or less, anti-aesthet...

Bedford to Graham (Feb 19)

This one (fourth in a lockstep line of song offals in the month of February, listen to one, two, and three) gets its name from two stops along the L line in Brooklyn. Listen to it. Bedford to Graham. Here's how it works: the lyrics are from Shakespe...

An Tamsi Ni Aldrick (Feb 16)

...because they, whomever they may be, seem inclined to dub Austin the Live Music Capitol of the United States of A -- though I'd wager my raccoon coat that them in New Orleans or Seattle or Memphis might dispute it (but that is neither here nor there), I...

Reposado (Feb 15)

Colophon slash telegram: February 2014. Resolution #4: Write and record 30 minutes' worth of original music. Stop. Offertory number Two (see one) is Reposado, a Tejano/Tex-Mex styling, featuring a grossly underappreciated instrument, the melodica (thanks...

The Shift Geologic (Feb 14)

A few fetid Februaries ago (2010), at a time in my life when I was shacking up in a one-room schoolhouse nestled in snowy Taos, New Mexico and writing my [first] novel, 1337, I took up a challenge from a courageous friend: record 30 minutes' or 10 tracks'...

Charlie Kind. 8. Kamala (Nov 9)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind Long into the night, performer after performer took center stage. There was a woman with a well-memorized one act segment about a bar fight in a Scottish pub twenty years ago, presumpt...

Charlie Kind. 7. With the Childlike People (Nov 9)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind The stage, its floor and walls matte black, scuffs here and there and leftover bits of reflective tape, a harsh spotlight illuminating the lonely microphone stand through a hazy mist o...

Charlie Kind. 6. Awakening (Nov 6)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind For a long time Charlie wandered through the grove on the far side of the rail yard, absorbed in his own thoughts. He marveled at how in his short life the things that he felt mattered...

Charlie Kind. 5. Duffy (Nov 6)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind The railroad yard that the train finally stopped in, a good twenty-four hours since it had slowly lurched to life, was quiet in the morning and full of the sound of sparrows from the...

Charlie Kind. 4. Freight Hopping (Nov 4)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind The pit boss of the Southern Metro rail yard was always the first one to the shipping shed in the morning, before the Bull, before the conductors, before the longshoremen. His coffee t...

Charlie Kind. 3. D'Illusson (Nov 3)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind In the ecoles of Paris, every child knew the name of the brilliant D'Illusson, and in every Parisian coffee house one could hear a table of berets ruminating over his teachings in the ...

Charlie Kind. 2. With the Scholars (Nov 3)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind The sun blazed hard and late that August and made everything in Brock feel gummed together. From time to time, across the soda fountain or outside the chapel or in the communal garden,...

Charlie Kind. 1. Son of a Preacher (Nov 2)

* http://nanowrimo.org/participants/markfullmer/novels/charlie-kind In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the asphalt on the highway, in the shade of Foster's Original Soda Fountain, in the shade of the First Peter Gnostic Church is where Charl...

Post-It Romance (2013) (Aug 10)

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Rewriting Ender (Apr 12)

Over the past weeks, on my bus rides to and from work, I've been reading the Ender's Game books by Orson Scott Card. It was, after all, the book whose philosophy took up a good portion of the first serious conversation I had with my partner, Emily. So...

Beard to Shorn (March 2013) (Mar 10)

I have a job interview coming up where a clean-shorn face wouldn't be a bad idea (State Department). On March 9, in the following stages, I went from hirsute to glabrous (yes, those are real words): #beard_bum #goatee_viking #stache_disco_king #lo...

Peace Corps Description of Service (Nov 20)

At the end of a Peace Corps volunteer's 2 years, s/he has the daunting task of compressing those 2 years into 2 pages. It's called the Description of Service (DOS). Artifacts found below: (1) My official Description of Service Peace Corps Description...

Mantra of a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Nov 18)

1. I will not start sentences with, "Well, when I was in Peace Corps..." 2. I will not take my self too seriously. 3. I will not presume that Americans know nothing about hardship, and will not use the phrase, "Well, you just don't understand how it is ...

Foreign Service Officer (Oct 26)

I recently exammed and passed the first step in the process of becoming a United States Foreign Service Officer--the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). My results letter gave detailed (down to the hundredths decimal place!) scores on the 4 components...

Gratitude (Mixed Media) (Oct 19)

"Untitled No. 1." Graphite and ink on construction paper. "Untitled No. 2." Graphite and ink on construction paper. Translation: "In your teaching of us, we did not simply have a teacher, we had a friend. We will not forget you, even if you are far...
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