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…and thinking of flying. Two of my favorite things.

So while I’m out you can gaze at some slides taken from a plane.

Because looking at pictures of my desk and papers would be pretty boring.

[I took these on a flight out of the old Larnaca airport. The building might have sucked, but taking off and landing always had a good view. As does the new airport.]



Okay, new thing: when I get stuck on a story, I scan films.

Which is more productive than what I was previously doing: watching too many old episodes of The Big Bang Theory.*

Which is really how I remembered that once, a long time ago when I worked in L.A. I was on a photo assignment at Saks in Pasadena, and on the way to the car I stopped and took some non-work related pictures.

Ah, Kodak, you made good films. I always liked how they were way less green than Fuji. We had some good times. I hope you won’t die like Polaroid.

*On the last picture on the left: The Cheesecake Factory.


It’s only January but things have already been real busy.

A lot of new writing and lots of different projects in development. We are making travel plans for later in the year.   Book Ex Machina is getting a site revamp.

But here’s a little sneak preview of a tasty literary treat we call Matchbook Stories.

Each matchbook is a  tiny story in prose or poetry form. They are stories about meetings fleeting and temporary, about moments and places, invoking the feeling of real matchbooks. A few words that can be carried in a pocket and shared with a friend, or perhaps a stranger.

The first four made their debut in a Nicosia Christmas market. But there will be more on the way.

To kick off the project me and Matchbook Stories poetry editor Lee Jing-Jing contributed two each. Mine: Paris, Las Vegas and Cha Cha Chicken. Jing’s: An Old Wives’ Tale and Last Fall.

In due time we will post ways to buy and submission guidelines. But in the meantime, this is a sneak preview.



I’ve been doing a lot of traveling recently. Which is great for filling your head with new things, people and places.

But now need to get back to that quiet place that is home.

Relax. Reflect. Retreat back into me.

And get writing.




I was thinking of getting a foldable wireless keyboard for my cell phone so I don’t have to carry around a laptop to be able to write (type!) when I’m away from home. An iPad would be nice, but they’re too expensive and really, all I need is a typewriter I can throw in my bag. How come word processors never evolved to the electronic age? Is it because we writers are too broke to be a noticeable market demographic?

1996 Word Processor

This is the word processor I had in 1996. I don’t know how portable it was (did it even have a battery?) but it was super fun to write with. As you can see.



So I just finished this amazing graduate writing course in Oxford that I’ve been doing for the last two years and found a few empty pockets of time. So I started scanning some old pictures.

For example this one slide film I shot the first time I went to Oxford in 2009 when the course started.

For the longest time I thought I was going to do a photography book called Travels+Daydreams.

If I did these would be the kind of pictures I would include.

Flight 01

The Emperors

Swan Lake