Window Seat to Freedom

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. My starving eyes saucered as they attempted to watch it all at once. They’d been deprived of simple beauty and had grown lazy on a steady diet of televised facsimiles. Freedom breezed past me at 55 miles per hour in the form of […]




Razorblade Horace

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. It was strange and surreal to have a selfless act of kindness return to try to stab me in the face. As Horace swiped the razorblade toward my face, time seemed to slow momentarily, and I froze. It was obscenely surreal, this scene […]




Everything in Its Right Place

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. Watching Anthony make his bed was almost hypnotic. I had a rough time looking away, mesmerized by my own bewilderment. Staring at the complex process, I couldn’t help but silently ask myself: What is wrong with this guy? === To say that Anthony […]




Quality Healthcare

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I thank the good Lord above from the depths of my heart that I’ve never had to deal with a hemorrhoid. Of all the various maladies and embarrassing afflictions that have been visited upon me, the dreaded hemorrhoid is one I seem to […]




Hurting

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I was caught in Healthcare, stuck there during a scheduled institutional count. What’s worse is that my visit was an unscheduled one made necessary by a gaping wound on my finger that had resulted when I accidentally slammed my hand between two dumbbells. […]




Shower Deprivation

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. “You don’t even know me!” Even as I spoke, I could hear the wild, angry hysteria in my voice—but I couldn’t stop. “What are you talking about ‘we?’ There’s no ‘we.’ I’ve been in this building with you for two years now, and […]




Rocco and The Hamster

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. For all his woofing, I honestly don’t think The Hamster actually expected Rocco to answer his challenge. His surprise slipped through his bravado just before the chink in the armor was cinched closed, but I spied it all the same. A touch of […]




Animal Tendencies

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. I have spent time in a foreign country that in some areas literally had Third World toilet facilities. Those far-off “lavatories” often consisted of little more than a hole in the ground. For the more sophisticated and fanciful ones, a slab of concrete […]




Just Bitting

This excerpt is from Candy and Blood. Available for purchase on Amazon now. My world was turned upside down, and I wasn’t really sure how to navigate the strange new terrain in which I found myself. My buddy Kevin, a guy who I’d known for two years and who had been my cellie for nine months, […]




The Dirtbag

When I say that my cellie Ray was a shameless, filthy, unrepentant dirtbag, rest assured that I’m telling the truth. When you live in a tiny cell, everything is compounded, made exponentially more aggravating or disgusting thanks to the simple fact that two grown men are essentially inhabiting a closet with a toilet. I don’t […]