Originally posted on The Popcorn Chronicles:
PATRICK WENSINK-My novel shot to the top of the site’s bestseller list last summer. You won’t believe how little I got paid! In one more week I was going to be a millionaire. At least, that was the rumor circulating around my wife’s family. One more week on Amazon’s…

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NANOWRIMO is sneaking up on us. Refusing to be caught off guard again, I am letting the wheels spin already. The writing group I started here in Boston is going strong and I adore all of the regulars – and they have become my inspiration and motivation. Since I started the group, I feel an […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve lived alone – a little over 20 years to be exact. On the 10th of this month, I get to relive those halcyon days. In 1993, I lived in a tiny apartment in the De Ville apartment complex in the Spanish Town neighborhood of Baton Rouge. The living […]


Coming from a relatively poor, tea-totaling family, our celebrations never looked like the ones on television. That’s ok though, since we didn’t own a television, or a “one-eyed devil” as it was affectionately called. When we wanted to celebrate, we all packed into the car and went to Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. I’m not even sure […]


And, by disappointment, I mean that I am disappointed in about half the internet using population. But, I’ll get to that. I don’t care about the Super Bowl, the World Cup, or any other major sports competition. In all fairness, I don’t even give a damned about the Oscars. I understand why people get so excited […]

I have no illusions that my experiences are all that special or unusual, but I also don’t expect my conclusions to fit into anyone else’s life; but just in case… I have been hospitalized three times for psychiatric problems. The first time, I was still somehow covered under my mother’s insurance and ended up in […]

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I have always considered myself to have at least average intelligence, but one skill has always eluded me. I spent much of the 80’s in a low-level shame cycle because I never could get more than one or two sides of a Rubik’s Cube. Apparently, I’m still handicapped in this way and Google has gone […]

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