Sunday, January 31, 2010

New illustrations

Here's the beginning of an illustration for Three's Company, as well as an illustration for my poem, The Buzzard's Ballad:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Avatar and The Book of Eli

I'll make this short and to the point. I watched Avatar in 3-D when everyone and their mother went to it. I went to it with my mother, too, no joke. The film was quite entertaining.

But it was, make no mistake, not the best movie ever. It wasn't even close to the best movie of 2009. It was the Disney film Pocahontas mixed with the Discovery Channel TV show Planet Earth, in space. Mother tree? Get the natives out so we can mine for gold? I half expected there to be a musical number about painting with all the colors of the wind. Where were the bumbling raccoon and pug dog? That's all that were missing!

Was it worth watching? Yes. Was it original? Hell no. I've seen more original episodes of Seinfeld, which are, oddly enough, episodic! Was it really pretty? Yes. That's all I have to say about that.

Book of Eli. Even shorter, even sweeter. I loved it. I'd watch it again. You have to like post apocalyptic movies and stylish action films, which I do. Also, you have to not hate the bible. If you aren't a pissed off atheist, watch it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Three is a Crowd

When I was in elementary school—excuse me—when he was in elementary school, Mom would always tell him to put his name on the markers. That way, if he dropped them or they got mixed in with other children’s things, he would know which were his.

It was ingenious, really. Most of the things moms tell you to do are. And it’s not that I didn’t want to. He didn’t want to, I mean. He just forgot. Always meant to at the next commercial break, or after chores, or tomorrow morning.

He still didn’t mark his stuff. He has the same black, nondescript wallet as anyone else, and one time someone actually found it on the ground. Shook it in his face. This yours? He figured for sure it was in his back pocket, and without checking said nope. I lost nine dollars and a Canadian nickel that day. He lost nine dollars. He did.

My name is Ryan Rayne. His name is too. Ryan Rayne, that is. Ryan’s mother had a lot of good ideas, but not a lot of good names, apparently. I’m pretty sure she’s his mother. Not mine. Mostly sure.

By the time we got back from Clynergy Inc. it was already too late. He/we/I really did mean to label who was really Ryan. But when we pulled into the drive and shut off the engine, rain softly pattering off the glass dome of the car, we looked at each other and could not for the life of us remember which was the clone. I’m pretty sure it’s me.

When I was just him, or perhaps more accurate, before I was me, or he was we, this sounded like a really awesome idea. No wonder, with all the marketing they had for Clone Life running.

Those advertisements could make a dog turd look like a dropped fifty. Every time you turned on the car, the windshield would brighten: “Welcome to your morning drive, your green energy transport has been brought to you today by the makers of Clone Life. Clynergy Inc. is dedicated to bringing your dreams to full realization.” Followed by montages of smiling people happily swaying in grass fields. Very Arthouse.

It was like pet rock for the rich. And Ryan was rich. With his monthly allowance, Ryan could buy one thing, either a Time Trip or a Clone Life. He was lonely, like any only child born into privilege. Now he was we and we were brothers. Were.

Things would have been so simple if we had just stuck a scratch and sniff sticker on one of our foreheads, or a tattoo on opposite butt-cheeks. See, I have all the memories of Ryan A. And of course, Ryan A has those same memories. But this zap-bang procedure, it kind of addles you; shakes your brain a little. Neither of us remember going into the building or even getting into the car afterwards.

Just that smell. Like formaldehyde and cherry cough drops. I/he hate those things. And the little dream-like echo, sliding off the inside of our skulls: “The original Ryan is wearing a bracelet to identify him. You will not take off the bracelet until you have made sure of your role as originator. This is impor…” That’s where it just slips… off and down into blackness.

The next moment I am looking at Ryan, and he at me, and in our minds, working just the same for just the same reasons, we’re trying to hold onto the eel of a thought. Bracelet. We looked at our arms. Nothing. We looked at the floor.

It was so dejected on the baseboards of the car, disheveled and alone. Ryan never liked jewelry. It must have been so automatic, brushing my arm where it felt weird until I was free. He was free, that is. I’m sure he was wearing it. Mostly sure.

Early on, our days were blissful. Who cares who is what? Ryan knew me better than anyone. And I liked myself. We’d finish each other’s sentences and laugh at our jokes and play rock paper scissors with each other.

But one day, I went rock, and he went paper. And then we knew that we weren’t the same. Couldn’t be the same. The more we both existed, the less we would remain me/he/us. This isn’t what got us trying to kill each other, but it was a step.

No one pushes a domino over hoping it will murder people at the end of its run. That would be malicious. And I don’t think that very many people are malicious. Most of us are just curious fools. There is a domino standing there, and behind it another, and behind that other, another, and so on. So you push. And wait. Us Ryans didn’t set out to kill each other. But we did push that domino.

“Who gets our girlfriend?” said Ryan. He was stirring his black tea with a pinky idly, sunlight streaming down on him from the skylights.

“Our girlfriend? She’s either yours or mine, man.” Said I, deliberately stirring my own tea with a forefinger. We were both reading the morning news on our hologram slick-sheets.

“Can you believe scientists were sure of global warming back in the 2000’s?” Ryan changed the subject. “Do you think Green Co. started that? The rumoring?”

I had heard it before, because I had thought it. “Probably. They are practically the government these days. It would have taken incredible foresight, though.”

His eyes glittered. I had steel gray eyes, and they flashed whenever I was thinking very hard and fast. Ryan was still working on that first question, and I didn’t know yet what we were going to do. The bird synthesizer played on in our silence.

“Well then, whom does she belong to?” We only spoke it aloud for the benefit of the empty studio. I let him have the next sentence.

“She belongs to neither of us. She has a life too, you know.” Ryan let me take the next. It was like conversation tag.

“But only one of us can be her boyfriend, Ryan.”

“The original should get her.” Both of us laughed at this nervously. It had become a joke between us, whether he was me or visa versa. Now it was a threat. Did the original have more right to the world? To existence?

Ryan stood and stretched, moaning loudly. He turned and grabbed his teacup, and walked out of the room, calling after: “It doesn’t matter, if you want her, you can have her. I’ll never let a girl get between us.”

Those words were nice enough, but both of us knew, this was war.

When he says girlfriend, what I really mean is almost fiancé. Jenny had bright watery blue eyes in which you could see all the goodness of the world. Lips softer than the most expensive silk. Blah blah, you get it. She was damn hot, and damn smart, and she meant a damn lot to me. She was enough to fight for, whether he had ever met her myself or not.

I picked up my teacup and walked into the kitchen. Ryan was at the counter, writing a note. He looked terrible. Gaunt, with the dark shadow of a baby beard and disheveled brown hair. He looked like me on crack. When he saw me, he bolted out the back door. For a moment I thought I saw a bright pink scar on his cheek.

I walked over to the abandoned note. It had one word scribbled on it: “bananas.” I was deadly allergic to bananas. This was very worrisome. He might as well have written hand grenades or guns. A list of things to kill me.

Ryan walked in from the living room. I looked at him, then at the back door. “Did you?”

Ryan looked confused. “Did I what?”

“Nothing.” He was clean and calm, and there was no scar on his cheek.

“Did you want some lunch?” Ryan was shuffling through the cupboards for food. It was a massive kitchen with more than twenty cupboards. Along the walls were state of the art ovens and microwaves, all bolted into the Italian marble floor.

The kitchen was almost always empty. Even if she was home, Mom never cooked. Dad did, it was his job. But he was always off and away, catering for this space cruise or that.

“Yeah I’ll have something. Whatever you find.” I walked into the hologram room trying to act normal.

Have you ever tried to outsmart yourself? You buy cookies and tell yourself not to eat them all at once, but you know you will. So you hide them in a drawer you would never look and forget about them. Weeks later you open that drawer and salute yourself. Good one, me. And then you eat them all at once.

Ryan walked in with two plates and set them on the seat. Turkey sandwiches. He sat down with a huff and pushed one of the plates nearer to himself, looking for the remote absently. He was up to something. Bananas.

“Is anything on Saturday afternoons?” Said Ryan as he leaned over the recliner looking for the remote.

“Not really.” I said, holding the remote in my hand. I turned on the projector and the screen screamed happily at us, actors blasting from the wall to stop at our feet. Ryan jumped with surprise, and I switched our plates. “You want the controller?”

“No, no, that’s alright.” Ryan tried to regain his composure and took a bite of his sandwich. I watched me closely.

The lights of the hologram washed over us, an ocean of sound and color. Any more now the actors were digital make-ups. Why pay someone for his face when you can create it with a computer? It was all the same to us. The laugh track sounded like meat sizzling on a skillet.

“Time Trip! Undo, redo, make, create, allow!” Little pixie people danced around the announcer’s massive head, singing over and over. “Take a time trip through your life, making time hip without strife. Time trip! Undo, redo, make, create, allow!” It was very Arthouse.

I looked over at Ryan, who was squirming in his seat. “You okay, man?”

“I can’t, I don’t um…” he was gasping. “Swallow. Won’t go down.”

Already his forehead had swollen between his eyes. Anaphylactic shock. I flipped open his sandwich. Turkey, lettuce, bananas. I opened mine. Turkey, lettuce, cheese.

I was a bastard. He was, really. A bastard, that is. But he was me, and I wasn’t ready to watch me die. I got some Benadryl and some Gut-punch. Once I worked the Gut-punch down his throat, Ryan immediately threw up his sandwich. The Benadryl followed.

I stood next to him as he breathed hard over the toilet. “I switched our plates.”

His toenails caught the tile as his calves went taught. His body became rigid. “Don’t know what you mean.” Came the chamber echo from the toilet.

“Hmpf.” I walked out of the bathroom and down the stairs, through the hallway and out the front door. There I sat on the porch and pondered. Maybe Ryan didn’t do it. Now it seemed there was a future me running around.

I obviously didn’t want me to know about my future presence presently in the past. Present, as it were, for now. I shook my head. This was getting complicated. Too many me’s.

My only question was whether future Ryan was the banana poison-er or my savior. He didn’t look very happy to see me. But he should have known, being from the future, that I would find him there.

I had enough confusion by then, and really just wanted to make amends with the Ryan I was used to. Only one other Ryan out there trying to kill me seemed much simpler. I turned around, walked through the hall, up the stairs and into the bathroom.

“Hey Ryan?” I looked into the room and saw nothing. I turned and caught a claw hammer in my face.

“Ow,” I said.

Actually, it was more like, “Feruagharrrrrayeaaahrrrraaaaooowouck!” I held my hand to my face as I reeled, trying to figure out what was happening. “Why did you do that?”
Ryan was standing there, spittle still spotting his lips. “I thought you were going to kill me.”


“I don’t know, you almost just did.” Ryan looked more scared than I did.

“But I just saved you!” Everything I said was muffled by a red and dripping hand.

“Yeah well.”

“Well you tried to kill me!” I spat, not believing how stupid he could be. “God, you make us look bad.”

Ryan looked truly remorseful after this, and set the hammer down. His forehead still swelled to cover his eyes partially. “The bananas were just going to be a warning, you know.”

“Like hey you’re dead, by the way back off of Jenny?”

“More like let me help you, now remember that I saved you sort of thing.” Ryan patted his swollen head gingerly.

“Now I get to say that, and you hit me with a hammer!?”

Arguments with yourself between two bodies can be very difficult. Listening to irrational reasoning is much easier to do when you don’t speak it out loud. Things sound very different when you can hear them.

I looked past Ryan and noticed a soap scum message on the mirror. Hammer. Good one, me. Or was it a message to Ryan A? I pointed at the mirror.

“Did you see that, like, before you grabbed the hammer?”

Ryan turned slowly. “Yeah. I thought I had dreamt it, though. I was still reeling pretty hard.”

That didn’t help at all. But it did sound like me. The helpful fool.

I sat down on the toilet and ushered Ryan close. “Ryan we have a problem. One of us went back in time, and now he’s trying to mess us up. Or start this whole thing. Or something. I don’t know.”

“There’s three of us now?” Ryan checked behind himself nervously.

“Has to be. He was scruffy and gaunt, with a scar on his left cheek.”

Ryan’s eyes darted to my bleeding face. A chill ran down my back. “Oh.”

“Go to hell Ryan,” he said to me, scrambling backwards to grab the hammer. Ryan ran into legs. He looked at the legs, bewildered, and followed them up into the haggard face of future Ryan. “Oh hey, we were just talking about you.”

Future Ryan looked very serious. His eyes looked very gray. The hammer in his hand looked very dangerous. With a deft movement he brought it crashing down into Ryan A’s face. And then he walked out of the room. Not a word, and no note this time.

“Man, I suck.” I murmured, reaching to pick Ryan off the floor. He used the same choice word as me, and when he looked up, he too was bleeding from the left cheek.

“I suck so bad!” said Ryan, wadding tissues against his face.

“Yeah I said that too. I was just going to mention that future Ryan knows everything, because he is one of us. And one of us knows exactly what each of us will do right now in the future when we go into the past.”

“So he’s one of us.”


“But we don’t know which one of us.”


Now we were on the same track. “So if we want to stop him we need to both try different traps without telling each other what those things are. Or else you/me will know once we are he.”


The next four hours were spent booby-trapping the house. Both of us snuck around with pinched expressions, being very sneaky. At one point Ryan whispered to me, “If you or I knew we were doing this, wouldn’t we follow the Ryan who wasn’t us to see what we didn’t do?”

This deflated me somewhat. I was just about to admit that, yes, that is exactly what future we would do, when I heard a loud crash in the dining hall. “Marbles!” Came the cry.

Ryan and I jumped up and ran into the dining room to find future Ryan laying in a heap of note cards, sprawled unceremoniously at the bottom of the stairs. Ryan A looked pleased. “I put marbles at—“ And then future Ryan shot him in the face.

Instantly, Ryan A blew into a dark red funk, splashing onto the walls. His goop covered my left side. So he was the clone. Go figure.

I ran up to me from the future, who said that he couldn’t feel his legs. “How did you know who to shoot?”

“Well I’m here, aren’t I?” That seemed reasonable enough. Ryan looked tired and weak. He rasped, “Ryan, listen to me.”

He put a pen in my hand, and a note card. “Write, marbles, top of stairs.”

I looked at all of the note cards lying around us, like a square paper snow. There were hundreds, each with different messages. Bananas. Frying pan. Brake lines.

“How many times have I done this?” I asked, awestruck.

“Too many.” Said me from the future.

“But why? Why would you do this? Couldn’t you have killed him from the beginning? Or, like, told yourself not to get a clone?” I scribbled marbles on the card and stuffed it in my back pocket.

“Couldn’t pin down when it all started. The time travel thing, it kinda mixes your brains. When I saw you two, I couldn’t remember who was me.”

“I had a scar already, though. You gave the clone a scar.”

“If he was me, then he would need to have one.” He made sense the only way I apparently could these days, by not making sense at all.

“But why? Why go back at all?”

“You killed Jenny.”

I paused. “Wait, me, or him?”

“Both, either. Doesn’t matter. This damn feud made the whole house unsafe. She came to visit, and was killed.”

There came a knock on the front door. “Ryan?” Jenny’s voice echoed down the hall.

“Be right there!” I called, panic spreading through my veins. “So you knew once you slipped on the marbles who the clone was?”

“More or less.” Future me was fading fast. “Take the gun. It has three of the original twelve bullets still left. Save Jenny.”

“But she’s safe!” I said this just as the front door clicked open. I looked at another note-card: Bucket of rocks above front door. “No!”

When he was little—excuse me, when I was little—Mom always told me to write things down. Lists of chores, of homework, of spending allowance, all written on little note cards. That way I would never forget what to do next, or what I needed to bring with me.

I did this pretty well. Really did. It was just those little things that you figure you’ll remember when you get to them. Why bother to write, ‘brush your teeth’ or ‘make your bed?’

You figure that you’d know who you were if you saw you. Even if there were two of you, you figure you’d know who was the one of two you will have been in the present future.

Moms knew what they were doing though. Every time he didn’t listen to her it ended up badly. Every time I didn’t listen. Me. So this time I wasn’t taking chances. I only had one note card on me. I pulled it from my pants pocket and wrote the most important note of them all: Kill the bastard making banana sandwiches.



Here they are. I've started on one. The other one I am waiting on the model to come back. She is my roommate's girlfriend, so it's really just a matter of time. Heh

Day off of work.

I am in the midst of much.

I have a new short story on the way (though I haven't given up on Caleb) about clones. And time travel. That's right.

Also, I've been trying my hand at watercolor. I will show you my progress on that as well, in due time.

I do hope you like reading, as writing is very much me. I didn't expect to write this much, but I feel a certain joy for my little stories, as they provide me with artistic outlet in almost every area.

Even art becomes a part of them. If I could get paid to write and illustrate, as only the best do, I would... would, uh... well I would be very happy.

Art soon. Stories too. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chapter 2, part 1: The Z Word

Caleb liked playing Xbox. He had a 360 in his spit of a living room, and it was the central hub of all his entertainment. Mark liked the streaming movies function it had. He liked it more than Caleb, since it was Caleb’s Xbox, and Mark was more or less a permanent fixture on the couch. Mark considered himself a movie expert.

“OK, the movie Wanted. Right?” Mark shifted excitedly in his seat, “You watch the first scene. And he’s all like, ‘I’m an assassin,’ and she’s like, BOOM shot through the effin’ head! And then he—jumps,” This part Mark spaced out for effect, every word getting louder, “out—of—a—skyscraper, flying across to the other side, screaming and firing bullets into everyone’s head on the opposite side.”

Mark paused there, catching his breath from all of the pantomiming, “And he lands on the other side to be killed by an impossible sniper bullet. And we, the audience, are OK with that. But once they strap explosives on a rat or introduce a loom of fate, everyone hates it.” Mark threw his hands up as if his point had been made.

“He jumped… out of a building… across an entire city block,” He was even louder this time, “At the very beginning of the movie! If you accept that, then you should accept the whole damn thing. You knew what you were in for, they already warned you.”

Caleb hunched in the sofa chair across the room, staring longingly at his currently-in-use Xbox.

“I don’t care. Curving bullets is dumb, and Angelina Jolie is a slut,” said Dana, obviously relishing the chance to rub Mark the wrong way. She brushed her dark bangs out of her eyes and smiled triumphantly at the TV, avoiding Mark’s vacant stare.

“Girls.” Mark said as conclusion to the argument.

Caleb continued to act like a slipcover and will them out of the room so he could save the world from the Russians. Or aliens. Or robots. Or Russian alien robots. Mark skipped through the streaming movies cue, looking for something good. “28 Days Later?”

“Why can’t we watch Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist? You’re an artist, it’s indie.” Said Dana.

Mark scoffed. “First off, indie and independent are not the same thing. Second, chick flick is chick flick. You watch a chick flick with a chick, and you do so in the hopes that she’ll put out. You know how many dudes went to New Moon with dreams of a BJ dancing in their heads?”

“You went to New Moon.” Caleb spoke up from the far reaches of the living room.

“Yeah, and I loved it. Team Jacob forever man.” Mark made several thrusting motions while smiling deviously and howling at Caleb.

Dana sighed from the other corner. “Why do I hang out with you?”

“Because we’re fucking awesome!” Mark waved an arm toward Caleb, slapping his knee.

“I’m inclined to agree with him,” said Caleb.

“Anyways, zombies are very relevant to today’s day and age.” Mark was mounting his high horse again. “Regardless of their impossibility, there are certain concepts that they are built upon. Consumerism, the inability to think, only to act, the thought that our own government would fuck up, and then we would be reliant on them. Healthcare!” Mark stopped and raised his eyebrows in a very ‘hello?’ gesture. Dana scoffed, and it sounded like she sprang a leak for a second. “They are a blood letting escapist fantasy painted on a very real message.”

“Which is?” said Caleb.

“Brains taste good.” Mark looked very pleased with himself and started the movie. “Same guy who did Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, it’s good,” Mark pointed at the screen, “Popcorn?”

After the movie Mark told Dana that if she was bitten he would make it quick for her, as long as he had a good sharp hatchet, otherwise he would have to use a spoon. “I would feel really bad about it though.”

Caleb kicked them both out with the pretence of having to study for class, and then promptly got to shooting things online. That little platypus whisper came into his ear though, asking him why he was wasting his life for nothing. Video games were worse than dreaming, it said, you play, you stop, and you are weary for it. They are parasites.

Caleb didn’t like that very much at all, and promptly shut off his console. Caleb went into his room to clean it and study, and did neither, opting to stalk his friends on Facebook. Dammit, he thought. This is helping even less. Wait, Jenny is in a relationship?

Caleb went to his evening classes, got some slop from the cafeteria, and drove his teal Berretta back to his apartment. He decided that high level math was like cursive, impressive to see, but utterly useless most of the time, and really just a way to look cool in front of your friends. Caleb also believed that no English major needed it.

When Caleb got home, he opened the door and jumped out of his socks. This is actually very hard to do, and Caleb was impressed with his own dexterity. Mark was on the couch, wide eyed staring at the screen.

“Shit,” breathed Caleb, “You scared the ba-jesus out of me!”

“Oh hey,” was all Mark said, still staring into the boob tube.

“How did you get in?”

“I told you, man, you need to lock that door.” Mark finally broke his line of sight with the television. “Have you ever seen Blue Velvet? Most malevolently weird movie you’ll ever watch. It’s like being beaten to death by the Coen Brothers while on acid in a time machine that only sends you back to the eighties.”

“That doesn’t make any sense.”

“Neither does the movie, not once.” Mark turned back to the T.V.

“Is that what you’re watching?” Caleb perused his refrigerator for kool-aid.

“Nope. Zombie Strippers. Awesome.”

Caleb sat down on the couch and sipped at his Capri-Sun. So good for so little time, he thought, watching Jenna Jameson stuff pool balls into her vagina. "This is really gross."

"If by gross you mean awesome," said Mark, still entranced.Caleb figured he was warmed up enough: "I saw a girl today. She was pretty cute."

Mark turned and stared at Caleb. "You saw a girl. I see them all the time. It's almost like they live among us. Did you say hello? Get a number? Cop a feel?"

"Well, yeah. Not—not the feel part. I said hey. Her name is Erica."

Mark turned back to watch another stripper get hit by one of the pool balls and fly across the room. "Well good. When you get her number you tell me." He looked down at his watch. "Shit! I got my review!"

"Your what?"

"Review! Like, yes you can still go here you don't suck review. Gotta run dude."

And with that Mark was gone. The zombies continued to do gross things on screen. Caleb turned it off and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

There was still the matter of making an impression. Saying something Important. Caleb had bought another notebook earlier that week (Miley Cyrus notebooks were on sale, it wasn't like anyone else would see it). All of his blogs he copied into the book.

In the past, few people were given microphones to shout their opinion. Only those few were able to shape history. Now, everyone with a connection and a computer could speak to potential thousands. A homeless man with an IMac in a Starbucks could write sermons to move the masses. And no one would ever meet their savior.

If he was born today, Christ would have blogged. The question is, with so many voices and opinions and thoughts, would anyone have heard him? Maybe they would have simply subscribed to his Twitter and prayed for the best.

Fossils were flawed, this Caleb could understand. They were too passive. No one was cured by a museum display, or moved to tears by a dinosaur bone. Caleb had an Action to take, and it was his mission to find it.

But he also liked girls. And girls, if anything, were more interesting and complicated than any Thing Caleb could perform. If Caleb made a masterful tome of poetry, it would be infinitely easier than wooing the right woman. He spent three years trying to get Dana, and that ended with him in a bathtub of cement. Well, more or less.

This girl Caleb met in class, though, she was something. Oh, Erica, light of—

The door made a loud thump noise as something bounced off of it very hard. "The hell?" Shouted Caleb, stuffing his notebook away and walking to the door. He unlocked it and looked through the peephole. Mark was on the ground, clutching his arm.

"Mark! What was that?" Caleb picked Mark off of the ground and dragged him inside.

"You locked it." Said Mark, pale faced and shaking.

"What happened? How did the review go?" Caleb stared at his friend worriedly.

"The review? Oh, uh—fine. Fine." Mark swallowed hard, his hazel eyes dancing in his head. "I've been bitten.

"By who? Er—what?" asked Caleb. All the undead violence Caleb had watched flashed through his head.

"A squirrel."

"You got bitten by a squirrel." Caleb blinked once, stupefied. "How?"

"Well I caught him." said Mark matter-of-fact.

Caleb touched Mark's forehead and frowned. "Why did you catch him?"

"It was really close to me, and I thought, damn, he's really close to me, I bet I could reach out and catch him. So I did. And it bit me." Mark obviously thought that squirrel catching was everyone's favorite past time, and that wild animals would never bite their captors. "Do you think it was sick? Have you seen Outbreak?"

"Calm down," Caleb said, "Wild animals bite whenever they are being attacked. It’s a defense mechanism. Wait, was that the one with Dennis Hoffman?”


“Oh. It was O.K. I don’t think it would stand up well today. And you shouldn’t worry. That was some crazy monkey virus.”

“Squirrel flu, dude. Heard of it?”


“Not yet you haven’t!” Mark was obviously on the warped side of logical. “But seriously, it might have had rabies. I might have rabies. I don’t want rabies. Or a crazy monkey flu virus.”

They were both about to laugh nervously, but then Mark coughed. A deep, lung rattling cough. Caleb backed away slightly, and Mark looked less amused with himself. “Shit. I should go to the doctor.”

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Story Illustration

So I wrote a short story, which can be seen in its entirety below. This is an illustration for it. Hopefully, I can get enough writing/illustration samples to go bug a publisher. Please tell me what you think!