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Now See Here! – Our Fair City VII

Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Everyday it’s living, dying, struggling and celebrating. We’re finding ourselves, and Our Fair City puts on a brave face as She staggers along through an explosive period of change. etc, etc, etc…

Opening Lines – Zeitgeist

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011

Caitlin had kept her eyes closed for ten seconds, just like Dr. Smoltz had told her to, but when she opened them, it was still there, looking at her and not blinking. “I’m not going to go away, you know.” It said to her, its voice cool, calm, melodic. She snapped her eyes shut again, [...]


Posted on Saturday, February 12th, 2011

We left our town in arboreal disarray. Pretty mess! We left, to the river. Woods that sing the air- oracle dog white-eyed whining (leave for the river leave

Napkin Scratches – Joann

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011

A resurrected character design finished two years later. I have a folder on my hard drive titled “In Progress”. Really it should be called ”Where my ideas go to die”. At present there are over 60 sketches and half finished illustrations gathering digital dust in that folder. I don’t have the heart to delete them, so there they [...]

Now See Here! – Something Else

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011

One of these things is not like the other…

Memphis Fast Fiction Sampling

Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Hey everyone, I was out of town this weekend, freezing my bits off in Nashville. Because of which, I’m clawing my way back to the surface from an avalanche of work. So, no new Opening Lines this week. Instead, here’s a sampling of 3 Memphis Fast Fictions from my new project. Same method as my [...]

Now See Here! – Something or Other

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Many of you may have seen many of these images before, but like the dreaded “clip show,” I’ve gone back through the archives and found what I feel are interesting new ways to combine images that relate to one another. Most of these were shot in different places and different times but taken as a [...]

Opening Lines – Sleepfarting

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011

Margaret was fairly sure that when she wrote her marriage-counseling book, she was going to include a chapter titled “Sleepfarting.” She could be fast asleep, and then out of nowhere would come the unwelcome warm breeze down her leg, the fluttering of the sheets, and the rotten-egg smell. Sometimes they’d be so bad as to [...]

Memphis Song

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

Memphis Song I will turn in Memphis. Hear its heavy lungs. I will not lighten its load. It will not call my name. Ask for it. Ask til it remembers your name. Ask for the singing of your heavy name. Black lines hold up. White lines too. Bloodbread calls your heavy name.

Procedural Designs #1

Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Pretty swirls made with shapes and math. Procedural design is something I played around with a lot in college and I’ve started exploring it again. All of these designs were created in Flash using simple shapes manipulated by a bit of scripting language. There is something appealing about creating art that is somewhat out of [...]

Triumphant Return?

Posted on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Our Hero has strayed for too long. His wanderlust has carried him far but his heart belongs to Our Fair City and now, despite serious doubts, Our Hero ponders his homecoming.

Opening Lines – Unearthly Scars

Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2011

“You said you would show me the scars.” I can feel her recoil from me in the dark. “Why?” She said, her tone accusing. “Why do you want to see them?” “Well, cause I like you.” I try to be subtle, but not too obtuse. “And if we’re going to take this any farther, which [...]

Writing Song

Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011

Writing Song Tuneless singing, humming humming. Blood or bread, black lines hold you up, white lines too. Cradle it and spit – make text. Ask for the poem as the morning asks for you. Ask for the singing ask. Ask until the word loses meaning.

Napkin Scratches – Achievement Whore

Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

A little bit of work from the day job. It is pretty rare that I can post stuff from my day job. Usually that work is under a rather strict NDA. On top of that, User Interface design isn’t exactly the most interesting stuff to check out. “Look kids, this is the Controller Inversion options [...]

Now See Here – Our Fair City VI

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Maximum Warrior will return with a vengeance soon, for now here’s yet another glimpse into the drama, joy and hope of Our Fair City.

Opening Lines – He Hated His Name

Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011

He hated his name and always had. Gareth Liekin. Gareth, born in the gutter to a whore mother who had nothing save her swear of a surname. Gareth, the latest sorry fool to have the unfortunate distinction of sharing some distant ancestry to the ancient prince Kell. A prince that had sold out his brothers, [...]

Train Dream (Crusoe in America)

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011

Train Dream (Crusoe in America) An island blooms inside, bloody, a flood of islands. Capture the islands – American as hell, American as trains running through bedrooms (where we go trains will follow (when I first, when I first heard train crash clatter, I thought America was ending)). Was I absent from the ocean? Pack [...]

Napkin Scratches – Molly

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The lady with the violet eyes. While digging through my hard drive I was surprised to see that I had never posted this illustration. It has been one of my favorites for awhile now. I created it as a gift for my friend Molly who had bugged me for years to “draw her looking pretty”. [...]

Now See Here! – Maximum Warrior

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

A few months ago I was hired by Getty Images to photograph a “secret time trial” in rural Arkansas. The event turned out to be a three day corporate confluence of insanity. What resulted came to be called the ”Maximum Warrior Challenge,” a partnership between Maxim Magazine’s “Hometown Hotties,” Dodge/Jeep, the Call of Duty video game [...]

Opening Lines – Seth’s Lawn Chair

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011

It had skidded across the road and landed at the foot of Seth’s lawn chair, and had it had just a smidge more momentum, it would have taken him out with it. Seth sorta stared at it for a bit, unsure if getting up would provoke it, and not being the brave sort – unwilling [...]

Back Catalogue – Lovers (page one)

Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011

Back Catalogue – Lovers (page one) Table of Our Discontent INTRODUCTION: CHEMISTRY – with extended footnotes by the ed. I. French Kissing II. Conversation, Entertainment a. Values? b. III. Poetry – The rhetorical question? PART ONE: THE BODY POLITIC a. Gender and PDA b. Categorized: The way you looked sleeping in on Tuesday. PART TWO: BETTER [...]


Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011

A fresh painting for a new year. I’m back, and I brought new art with me! I apologize for my long hiatus. The last few months of 2010 brought me a new job, a new apartment, and enough stress to knock me right over the edge. But after a short break I am returned, refreshed [...]

Now See Here! – Country Tour Guide

Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We were fortunate enough to have out of town guests at the farm this holiday season. We wanted to show them a good time out there and no one makes a better guide to the ins-’n’-outs and secret spots around the county than my seven-year-old nephew.

Opening Lines – Lessons Learned

Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Lucinda Belle Craddock née Van Mott clutched her bucket of quarters and pulled the lever one more time, for Frank. The little Chihuahua in her arms had always loved the rolling tumblers of the slots machines. Lucinda Belle had been told on more than one occasion that pets were strictly forbidden from the gaming floor [...]

Holiday Break

Posted on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Hey everyone, The crew here at The Great and Secret Thing has started to slip away as winter freezes the outside world and holiday responsibilities become more pressing. I want to say thanks to everyone who’s contributed material to the site, and those that keep hammering away at it. In this pause, take a look [...]


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