Meet the Couples (Being Coupled, Neurotic Tornado #25)

In this podcast episode, Jackie and I introduce you to the four couples we interviewed for this season. We share with you how they met and what they consider their “mission” as a couple. We had a great time putting this series together and we’re excited to finally get this thing into your… ears. So here we go, the first episode of the series…

We’d like to thank the four amazing couples who volunteered their time and their stories (and occasionally their living rooms) for this cause. (They barely even seemed bothered about all the times I apologized along the way.) We’d also like to thank the following peeps for the great feedback as Jackie and I stumble our way through this project: Cecily Patterson, Kristen Forbes, Jackie’s fabulous husband Bill, and my wife Sheri (who is also fabulous, and doesn’t usually mind my overuse of parentheses, and tolerated my overly-scripted conversation with her at the end of the episode).

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Behind the Scenes (Being Coupled, Neurotic Tornado #24)

In this podcast episode, we go behind the scenes to explain what is coming in season two. Jackie Shannon Hollis and I interviewed four couples to prepare for this season. You’ll hear why I’m doing it, why Jackie is doing it, and what my wife thinks about me podcast-cheating on her. The first official episode will drop in two weeks (July 1, 2015).

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Writing About Loved Ones (pod-23)

In this podcast episode, I visit with Jackie and Bill again. We discuss what it is like to write about the people we love, and how it affects them. Jackie is currently working on a (second) memoir and I’ve written lots of autobiographical-sounding fiction (along with a few essays). So apparently we can easily bullshit about this subject for over an hour. (I edited it down to 65 minutes.) It was again great to have Bill’s perspective so he could chime in on how it felt to be written about, even in cases that weren’t necessarily flattering. Give it a listen…


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Alone Time with Jackie and Bill (pod-22)

In this podcast episode, I take the Neurotic Tornado show on the road. 😣🌀

I visit with my friends Jackie and Bill to talk about a writer’s need for alone time, and how that goes over with the writer’s partner…


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The Attic Method (video)

Here’s a video about my attic, which is where I do most of my creative(ish) work. I hope you’ll agree with me (and not with my misguided wife!) that I have a real system to how I do things around here. I mean, it’s not so messy. Right? Right???

Want to see all my damn videos? Check them out here.

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The Podcast Effect (pod-21)

This is the fifteenth podcast episode my wife and I have done together. So in this episode, we talk about how the podcast has affected our relationship. It has caused some ups and downs, with more ups than downs. We also talk about how you too can reap the benefits of this experience, without having to be foolish enough to start your own podcast to discuss your relationship issues.


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On publishing stuff at medium.com…

So I’ve been re-publishing a few of my published stories on medium.com this month. Medium can be described as many things, but one thing it is… is a site that looks beautiful where people can self-publish their writing. It has been on my mind to do this, because many websites – even sites that post amazing content – are not so pretty. Either they are poorly designed or they have intrusive advertising or something else. I have no grand plans here, I just thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite stories on this uncluttered site so a few people could read and enjoy them. Or at least if they don’t enjoy them – it is entirely my fault. So here they are, in case you want to check them out. Most are quite short…

when my body smashed into the sidewalk my last thought was this: i should have bought my mother a birthday present…
WHEN MY BODY SMASHED INTO THE SIDEWALK on medium.com
it was hot that day, sitting in the backseat of our mother’s car in the piggly wiggly parking lot. she was in the grocery store. she had told us, “don’t talk to a soul,” before she left…
HEAVEN on medium.com
“let’s go bowling,” she says. “i know a place that has guardrails so you can’t roll a gutter ball.” your first thought is, “aren’t those for children?” but then you realize that a man as nervous as you are should accept all the guardrails that he can get…
BLUE on medium.com
first thing you should know about me: i’m into buses. the 57 is bumpy and dreary and it twists you out of the beautiful belly of portland and into the strip mall nightmare of beaverton. i used to take that one to get to work. but now i’m free of that job…
GOD AND BUSES on medium.com

more stories and essays…

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Hey Jealousy (pod-20)

In this podcast episode, my wife and I talk about jealousy — her jealousy of me and my jealousy of her. Although a certain amount of jealousy is allowed in our relationship, are we jealous enough???


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