Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Big news coming soon

but in the meantime, look at Emma all tuckered out after a hike up the Scheuerberg.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dear Enfranchised Berliners,

Please don't do anything stupid this weekend. I'm not going to name any names but you know whom not to vote for. Americans, we'll talk about this again in November.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


I just saw how teenage angsty the intro to my reading sample (on the right) sounds. Luckily, freado's being redesigned so I can't change or delete it for now. Note to self: Read things aloud first to gauge approximate level of embarrassingness.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Just saying...

it's really hard to find out where you can adjust the font in blogger. Or maybe it's just me. You know when you google something so obvious there are no pages explaining it? Anyway, light purple was so five years ago. Now I have this slightly less ugly blue. Enjoy! And no, I'm not procrastinating on this factory equipment translation. At all.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Out now: BlazeVOX Spring 2016

Check out the latest issue of BlazeVOX, featuring my short story "Kitty" and a lot of great work by talented writers. Plus, it's free. All you have to do is click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

@ Berlin Re: Iced Lattes

So rather than talk about important life events like pets and vacay, I'd like to air a grievance. Maybe it's apropos of that frivolous suit where that woman thought Starbucks put too much ice in her drink, or maybe it's been bothering me for a couple years now. And that grievance is called Latte On The Rocks. Because yes, that's what someone somewhere in Berlin decided was going to be the official German word for lukewarm, watery coffee with no remnants of ice in it by the time it's served to you. I was fine with it when there were no iced lattes, of course. They aren't native to Germany the way Eiskaffee with ice cream in it is. But then LOTR appeared on cafe menus all over town, giving me false hopes of a refreshingly cold espresso beverage. If anything, this drink should be called latte on the ROCK, because you're really lucky if there's ever more than one ice cube in your cup. But that wouldn't be the end of the world if you weren't pouring scalding liquids onto that one sad and lonely ice cube. Because yes, for some reason, everyone feels like you really need to steam and froth the milk that's going into what's supposed to be a cold drink. Honestly, I feel like some people should see how they like a tepid latte on one rock before they take Starbucks to court. And yes, this blog post IS as frivolous as that suit. But also doesn't come with any court costs.