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An informal style of Japanese personal essay

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I’m writing this in response to a recent Haiku-related writing prompt which I was thanked, along with another writer, for inspiring.

The editor of a Haiku publication read several short posts from graffiti living, my publication, and assumed that they were poetry.

She even left positive comments on some of them and clapped for others.

This was very flattering, of course, but my knee-jerk response was to assume that she was being sarcastic. (Imposter Syndrome? Who, me?!!)

Friends, she wasn’t being sarcastic. So consider myself told. But the thing is it wasn’t poetry, just random scribblings from my notebooks.


Art is magick and vice versa

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“You are the only people alive on the earth today. All the people that created tradition, created countries, and created rules — them f*ckers are dead. Why don’t you start your own world while you’ve got the chance.” — Bill Hicks as Elvis

Magick is a tool.

Much more so than say a career or a thing.

It’s what you do when you create, or as part of what you create when you make art, like paints and brushes and technique.

Art is also something that you use as a tool when you make magick.

The two feed each other.

Horoscopes for horrible people

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White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits!

Happy New Year.

Here is your outlook for the year ahead.

It doesn’t matter when you read it, or which sign you are, as horoscopes are all made up.

What does the universe have in store for you? Let’s find out.

Bibliomancy for fun and profit

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Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Although he was joking, he was right about one thing — a book can be your best friend.

He was probably also right about it being too dark inside a dog to read, unless you took a torch with you, but that’s not something that I’d recommend trying at home!

We all love books, and it’s probably the love of a great book that got you writing in the first place, but did you know that books…

Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999

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Here is next month’s horoscope for your sign.

It doesn’t matter when you read it, or which sign you are, as horoscopes are all made up.

Read them all and let God sort them out.

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin’
Could’ve sworn it was judgment day
The sky was all purple
There were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from the destruction
You know I didn’t even care
Say say two-thousand-zero-zero party over
Oops out of time
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
— Prince…

I may be overthinking this

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Here is next week’s horoscope for your sign.

It doesn’t matter when you read it, or which sign you are, as horoscopes are all made up.

Asshole Astrology is now an actual thing — I blame you.

A friend said that Asshole Astrology sounds like an x-rated alternative to reading the tea leaves.

Others have said that it sounds rude, like a sex thing, or some sort of cavity search.

That’s surprisingly apropos — when I write I’m literally pulling it out of my arse.

That said, I hope that you’re sufficiently entertained to pay for this newsletter.

I need…

All my Medium posts to the end of 2019

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Here are the Friend Links for all of my existing posts on Medium to the end of 2019.

This means that you can read everything I wrote on Medium for free despite it being behind their paywall.

Think of it as a giant fuck you to Medium.

Wait. Did I say that out loud? That’s not what I meant to say at all.

Think of it as a giant THANK YOU to my readers.

Yes. That sounds much better.

Happy reading!

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Fingers Pointing at the Moon

Haiku for Her

Chicken and the Road

Perfection is the Starting Point of the…

Should Goodreads Authors be seen but not heard?

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I’m a Goodreads author and I’ve been on Goodreads since 2010 — even longer if you count a previous account. Wait, that rhymed, didn’t it?

I’ve over 4,000 friends and followers there. I use it mostly to track what I’ve read and what books I review.

The extent of my self-promotion on Goodreads until this year has been, well, being a Goodreads author. That’s it.

I recently held a virtual launch party to mark the opening of my Patreon community. …

Found my brand

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Sometimes I ask questions online, that I already know the answer to, just to glimpse the howling pit of insanity from which people crawl forth like demons to give their answers.

To which a wise soul on Twitter responded: “Lovecraftian observational humour might be your very individual niche.”

I love the idea of Lovecraftian observational humour. I may have to steal that. *scribbles it down in the back of my Necronomicon*

It turns out my phone doesn’t know how to spell Necronomicon or Lovecraftian but does know how to spell Cthulhu. Clearly I’m in the mouth of madness.

Someone else…

The obligatory list post

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I published 30 posts in 30 days. I’ve pulled links to them all together in this list post for ease of reference.

These are all friend links — because I love you — so you will be able to read them whether you’re a member of Medium or not.

I must remember to also post this post as a friend link because otherwise that will kind of defeat the point.


I actually posted every day in July so that’s 31 posts. The month started on a high note with a post in The Writing Cooperative.

It’s all downhill from there…

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