Tag: James Tully

Five Things I’m Looking Forward to About Barcelona: Blog and Social Media Silence

On Wednesday, I’m heading out on my honeymoon. My wife and I were married over a year ago, and we haven’t been able to find the time to take our honeymoon until now. We’re thrilled and we’re stopping in Paris, Olivet, and Barcelona. This is a much needed vacation. I’ve been working a ton lately, and I’m going to use this time to step away and focus a bit more on my writing and publishing goals. I’ve not been writing my book as much, and it occurred to me that people might not even know my real writing goals. When I went to graduate school, I graduated with a MFA in fiction from Florida International University, and I was shopping a book around to some fantastic literary agents. It was a booked called “The Adventures of James Tully.” I had some interest. I was 25-years old, and unfortunately it wasn’t the right timing, and the book wasn’t ready. I’m trying to find a way to get back into the groove with writing my book. I feel somewhat lost to be honest with you about the process, and I’m going to use Barcelona and Paris as a way to step away from everything, spend time with my wife, and try and find some clarity in the process. Meantime, I wanted to share with you the five things I’m looking forward to in Barcelona.

5. The Picasso Museum

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Mike Pernod

4. Park Guell

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3. The Tapas

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2. Las Ramblas

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1. Palau de la Música Catalana

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The Can Man

The Can Man

In April, my story, “The Can Man,” was published at Sliver of Stone Magazine, edited by M.J. Fievre.  It’s a great magazine filled with other great writers, including an interview with Dorianne Lux and stories by Justin Bendell and James Elens.  “The Can Man” is a chapter from my novel in stories, “It Happened This Way,” and it’s the story of James Tully and his decision to hop on a train and run away from home.  What happened James could never have seen coming.  He runs into someone horrible in the woods after he’s kicked off the train by an old bull.