SKP 2023: Online Writing & Unproduced Work

February 1st, 2023 Welcome to February. It’s just as damn cold as yesterday. It is also a brand new monthly topic on my Sleeping Kitty Productions 2023 calendar: Internet Writing & Unproduced Work. And I’m going to start with a big question: Why the hell do I do this? By that, I mean: what isContinue reading “SKP 2023: Online Writing & Unproduced Work”

All the Wrong and Dark Things

January 31st, 2023 Today is the last day of Origins month, and I sincerely want to thank anybody who’s been reading. A better explanation of why I’m doing this (and why I do anything on the internet at all) is coming tomorrow, the first day of a new month, and a new topic. Going throughContinue reading “All the Wrong and Dark Things”

Cave Paintings

January 30th, 2023 One of the fun aspects of documenting memories and recording our own personal histories is the potential that you can inspire yourself. Scrolling through your past from your present, sometimes you come across the right time at the right time. In high school, I decided to create a mural. I didn’t knowContinue reading “Cave Paintings”

Lost Boy

January 26th, 2023 I was drama club president. This probably comes as no surprise to you. I have but a few more essays for Origins month, and there’s no way I can talk about where I came from without mentioning the theater. For most of my school career, I was a little lost in theContinue reading “Lost Boy”

Panic at the Distrust

January 23rd, 2023 I’ve had some real revelations this week on my issues with trust. Growing up, I was generally untrusting. I struggled to articulate why. I had clear reasons: bad things happened to me. Bad things happened to people I loved. People talked about bad things other people did to them or, still, otherContinue reading “Panic at the Distrust”

Popina Academia

January 15th, 2023 After a very eventful and exhausting week, I wanted to get back to the January theme of Origins. This essay asks: how has working in a restaurant for most of my life affected me as a writer? Let’s start with my restaurant history. Growing up in Faribault, I worked as a cornContinue reading “Popina Academia”

The Triumph of Never Growing Old and the Spirit of Never Giving Up

January 10th, 2023 “Dennis, Steve and I think you will be as great as Walt Disney but you need to know all the big WORDS! We hope this will help. Be creative?” – Inscription from a thesaurus I received in the early 90’s, from my Aunt Jan and Uncle Steve My obsession with Walt DisneyContinue reading “The Triumph of Never Growing Old and the Spirit of Never Giving Up”

Win Tin Tin!!

January 7th, 2023 Hey. Guess what? My shipment of my brand new book, A Dream of Tin & Eternity, has finally arrived! The novella is a sequel to ALL of my work and it is, undoubtedly, a story like no other. It is both fantastically wild and deeply personal, with stakes like no other. WantContinue reading “Win Tin Tin!!”

Splish Splash

January 6th, 2023 I grew up taking baths. This is a weird way to start an essay, but I’m going somewhere with it. Our first house in Minneapolis had a tub (pictured here). The A-frame in East Bethel had a tub (which was disgusting, like the rest of the place). And when we moved toContinue reading “Splish Splash”