Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas with the Pickle

Digging into his stocking first thing Christmas morning.

My family came out to our house.

Tiff's parents gave him this cool new toy.


My sister Mary found this cool school bus.

A Health Camp burger on the way to Dallas.

Uncle Chris and cousin Christopher.

Another--smaller--school bus!

Breakfast with cousin Fenway.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Merry Xmas at the Austin Chronicle

Marjorie Baumgarten and Michael Ventura at the Chron Xmas party.

Tiffany and I took Nicholas to the Austin Chronicle's Christmas party last night, which is always the biggest, most lavish event the Chronicle puts on each year. The assortment of food is eye-popping, as is the long, long table laden with pies of many flavors (peanut butter!).

Nicholas had a great time, and danced with me some by the kareoke setup. The surprise was to briefly meet the very fine writer Michael Ventura.

I've been writing a column about the Texas film industry for the Chronicle for four years now (four years at the Austin American-Statesman before that), and I appreciate the many fine folks who make it what it is--one of the treasures of Austin. Happy holidays to you all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

EVACUATION PLAN premieres on Kindle!

I have never met anyone who owns a Kindle, but those of you who do can now read my novel-in-stories EVACUATION PLAN on yours, and it's already ranked an amazing 29,236 on I'm pleased if the print edition gets above 100,000 on Amazon. But could it be there just aren't that many Kindle books to compete with? Anyone own a Kindle? Let me know how you like it.