An end of the year account—Tlingit and D&D and porn and art and novels and upcoming classes…

And so I spent much of last year on this very long essay…

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Click the picture if you want to know more.

It is about many things—my father’s adoption into the Kiks.ádi Tlingit, Russian circumnavigation and the 1804 Battle of Sitka, who owns a story and the desire to belong. While it doesn’t have bombs or serial killers or porn stars, I hope it finds readers. The Atavist was kind enough to give it a home (https://atavist.com/stories/the-fort-of-young-saplings/) and for $3.99 you can keep them from regretting that decisions. You will also then have your own copy with the artwork, soundscapes, and pop-ups on pronunciation and the Tlingit language. Genres were interfered with; the Chicago Manual of Style’s recommendations on diacritics willfully cast aside. It was dark fun.

Everything looks better in black and white.

Everything looks better in black and white.

However, if you really do prefer more traditionally racy subjects (also with battles), here is a link  to my essay The Best Monster, which appeared in Medium (https://medium.com/matter/the-best-monster-38461c5cbbf1). It’s about the artist Zak Smith aka Zak Sabbath as well as D&D, art, porn, death and…

..treasure.

..treasure.

This is Zak.

This is Zak.

This is Zak's new D&D book (as opposed to his art books and memoir) and it's called A Red and Pleasant Land. Click image to learn more.

This is Zak’s new D&D book (as opposed to his art books and memoir). It’s called A Red and Pleasant Land. The artwork is gorgeous, by which I mean varied, imaginative, and masterful.Click image to learn more.

If you want to read more about how Zak sees the world, his memoir We Did Porn is wonderful. You can get it from Tin House Books.

Click image to go direct to Tin House Books.

Click image to go direct to Tin House Books.

What else? TEACHING. Yes. I will be teaching a five week class on short fiction at the Attic (in Portland) this winter so if you’re in town and want to join, details here: http://atticinstitute.com/node/1939

This will be me January 29th - Feb 26th.

This will be me January 29th – Feb 26th.

Now I’m back to my novel, out to sea, like I like it. If you don’t hear from me I probably ran into trouble.

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