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On the bus back from Cambridge
Saturday, June 04, 2016 1:12:32 AM

Recently, I’ve been struggling with that all too familiar enemy—the blank page. But it’s not the first sentence or the first paragraphs that get the better of me, it’s the page or pages that follow. So ...

A Pordagee Abroad: what you like eat?
Friday, January 22, 2016 4:32:34 PM

There is a very communal quality to food. Just look at how we eat: stadiums, mess halls, cafeterias, parks, restaurants, streets, dining room tables. Even when we migrate to these places alone, we may ...

Da Conversation: Reflecting on Remains
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:33:23 AM

During the last month, while sorting through my heap of legal pads, notebooks, scrap papers, and printouts, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meat of the writing process. The fodder for further creativity ...

New Author Site
Saturday, June 06, 2015 3:27:24 AM

Aloha all, I just launched my new site:, check it out, follow, share. With the upcoming release of my debut novel, 'Between Sky and Sea: A Family's Struggle' ...

Da Conversation: What do you Read?
Monday, July 21, 2014 6:40:37 PM

At this year’s Hawaii Book and Music Festival, Misty Sanico, Richard Melendez, and I hosted “Buckaloose! Your Story,” a flash fiction and improv. workshop that utilized writing prompts to “break free” ...

Da Conversation: Why do you Write?
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:58:57 PM

At a recent meeting today with Misty Sanico (

Process Revisited, or How the hell did we get here?
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:25:09 AM

I’ve been thinking a lot about process lately, one, because I am working on novel revisions, and two, because as a composition teacher process is a habit I teach students is significant because of its ...

In Loving Memory, or on reading the last issue of the Weekly
Friday, June 07, 2013 6:39:45 AM

Following the recent and unfortunate news that the Honolulu Weekly would be shutting its doors, I was tempted to write a post on the [local] book industry, something I’ve been mulling over since maybe ...

What are you Perpetuating? or Brief Thoughts on Ethics of Representation and Creative Writing.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 2:36:42 AM

In her essay on creative writing pedagogy, ‘WRIT101: Ethics of Representation for Creative Writers’, Shady Cosgrove, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at University of Wollongong, ponders the question: ...

'Nowadays Not Like Before', or on #100.
Monday, October 01, 2012 11:40:20 AM

"All night long, the conversation flows as smoothly as the waves. And in many ways it is an ideal society. No social ladder exists: the youngest man holds equal weight with the eldest, and everyone ...

"Appropriate" Uses for "Inappropriate" Words, or "Fuck" as a Literary Device
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 9:34:51 AM

“Nobody paid any attention in Health class. everybody figured they knew all about all that shet. they all heard about it before you know—balling, fucking, blowing, finger banging and K-Y jelly and rubbers ...

Beginnings, or A Hint of What's to Come.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 11:23:44 PM

“As much as I don’t want to believe it, there are some things we just can’t stop.” Tyler Miranda excerpt from THE HOUSE OF LUKE , Bamboo Ridge 94 “After the hospital, they took me to the halfway house.” ...

McKinney, Bell, and Issue No. 91, or Narrative form and Story
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:20:29 PM

“Story is not about getting ready, story is what happens after we leave the house.” Chris McKinney, "Snooze Button." Bamboo Ridge No. 91 [sp5]I almost remember the exact ...

Workshop Reflections
Saturday, March 24, 2012 8:22:44 AM

Been meaning to write this reflection for a while now but just hadn’t gotten around to it. A few weekends ago at Hawaii Pacific University’s Ko?olau Writers Workshop, I facilitated two fiction workshops. ...

In the Margins, or On Current Events.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 12:05:22 AM

Why do you write? It’s a question I don’t hear asked enough of writers. Personally I’m not interested in questions of craft. I feel much of what’s asked can often times be learned through reading a writer’s ...

Arson, or On The Writing Process
Saturday, December 03, 2011 12:46:22 PM

[sp5]Where do stories come from? The usual response, at least in my experience, is everyday inspiration: encounters or observations that spark curiosity, and thus, story. Sometimes it’s an article about ...

Stubborn Waters, or On Growing Up Local
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:04:40 PM

“The persistence of Pidgin in the islands despite widespread assimilation of American culture and the concerted efforts of educators to stamp it out, suggests that it is less a matter of Pidgin speakers ...