Category Archives: what would water do (a novel)

tweaking (chapter 25, part 1)

If this seems confusing, maybe it’s because you haven’t read what came before.  This is the 25th chapter of What Would Water Do, a novel.  To begin at the start, click here.  I also write short stories, personal essays, and

tweaking (chapter 25, part 1)

If this seems confusing, maybe it’s because you haven’t read what came before.  This is the 25th chapter of What Would Water Do, a novel.  To begin at the start, click here.  I also write short stories, personal essays, and

swimming in light (chapter 24)

This is the 24th chapter of What Would Water Do, a novel.  To begin at the start, click here. * Mae meets Drew at the front door and pulls her down the hall to the living room where the painting

swimming in light (chapter 24)

This is the 24th chapter of What Would Water Do, a novel.  To begin at the start, click here. * Mae meets Drew at the front door and pulls her down the hall to the living room where the painting

know it all (chapter 23, part 3)

* They turn left on Esplanade Avenue.  Behind a high wall, through a patio thick with banana trees and yellow blossoms he ushers her into the little iron door and up the stairs to the room where the lady sits

know it all (chapter 23, part 3)

* They turn left on Esplanade Avenue.  Behind a high wall, through a patio thick with banana trees and yellow blossoms he ushers her into the little iron door and up the stairs to the room where the lady sits

safe to smile at strangers (chapter 23, part 2)

She’s outside kicking the wrought iron fence with her silver high tops when Robin walks up behind her.  “Good morning, mamselle.  Did we wake up on the wrong side this morning or did that fence try to sneak up on

safe to smile at strangers (chapter 23, part 2)

She’s outside kicking the wrought iron fence with her silver high tops when Robin walks up behind her.  “Good morning, mamselle.  Did we wake up on the wrong side this morning or did that fence try to sneak up on

the levee (chapter 23, part 1)

Eleanor knows the house is empty before she opens her eyes.  The air in her bedroom is so humid she thinks the world outside must be covered with water.  The levee must have burst.  The waves snuck in while she

the levee (chapter 23, part 1)

Eleanor knows the house is empty before she opens her eyes.  The air in her bedroom is so humid she thinks the world outside must be covered with water.  The levee must have burst.  The waves snuck in while she

ambush (chapter 22)

Mae’s costume is anachronistically modern.  The idea was that her character Edna was to appear to be evolving much more quickly than her environment.  At the start of the film which is set at the end of the 1800s, Edna’s

ambush (chapter 22)

Mae’s costume is anachronistically modern.  The idea was that her character Edna was to appear to be evolving much more quickly than her environment.  At the start of the film which is set at the end of the 1800s, Edna’s

the actor (chapter 21, part 3)

Wayne has a strict protocol for seeing a movie in the theater:  First, you must go on Monday or Tuesday night to avoid a crowd.  Maybe Wednesday but never, ever on the weekend.  Weekends are for amateurs.   Second, arrive exactly

the actor (chapter 21, part 3)

Wayne has a strict protocol for seeing a movie in the theater:  First, you must go on Monday or Tuesday night to avoid a crowd.  Maybe Wednesday but never, ever on the weekend.  Weekends are for amateurs.   Second, arrive exactly

comfort food (chapter 21, part 2)

They go to the beach, they go shopping.  One night, Victor cooks dinner.  Wayne doesn’t want to ask where the kid got the money to buy the food because he looks so damn proud of himself standing there with his

comfort food (chapter 21, part 2)

They go to the beach, they go shopping.  One night, Victor cooks dinner.  Wayne doesn’t want to ask where the kid got the money to buy the food because he looks so damn proud of himself standing there with his

the fourth dimension (chapter 21, part 1)

Wayne stops in the hallway outside his apartment with one ear pressed against the door.  He listens hungrily, savoring his imminent arrival into the vibration, into the hum and bump on the other side of the door.  It’s unlocked.  Victor

the fourth dimension (chapter 21, part 1)

Wayne stops in the hallway outside his apartment with one ear pressed against the door.  He listens hungrily, savoring his imminent arrival into the vibration, into the hum and bump on the other side of the door.  It’s unlocked.  Victor

a delicate exoskeleton (chapter 20, part 2)

After Lauren came Kitty and Madeline wearing white smocks, wheeling a cartful of delicate metal tools.   Mae walks straight from the shower to the sofa where for nearly two hours they knead and slather and rinse and pluck and pinch

a delicate exoskeleton (chapter 20, part 2)

After Lauren came Kitty and Madeline wearing white smocks, wheeling a cartful of delicate metal tools.   Mae walks straight from the shower to the sofa where for nearly two hours they knead and slather and rinse and pluck and pinch

maybe if someone pushed me (chapter 20, part 1)

Ants crawling all over a delicious morsel.  That’s what they were like: the trainer, the cosmetologist (or whatever you call the person who fiddles with your skin), the masseuse, the seamstress, the housecleaners, the various assistants and, it would be

maybe if someone pushed me (chapter 20, part 1)

Ants crawling all over a delicious morsel.  That’s what they were like: the trainer, the cosmetologist (or whatever you call the person who fiddles with your skin), the masseuse, the seamstress, the housecleaners, the various assistants and, it would be

pardon me, but that looks like a good book you’ve got there (chapter 19, part 2)

Robin drops Elle off by 5:00 in the afternoon, which leaves a couple of hours to do homework and read until Lang comes home.  When she’s in her room, she turns on the television.  Sometimes she sits in a rocker

pardon me, but that looks like a good book you’ve got there (chapter 19, part 2)

Robin drops Elle off by 5:00 in the afternoon, which leaves a couple of hours to do homework and read until Lang comes home.  When she’s in her room, she turns on the television.  Sometimes she sits in a rocker

indefinitely (chapter 19, part 1)

It isn’t the first time her moms stopped talking to each other.  It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it’s slow torture, like listening to Barney the purple dinosaur sing his stupid “I love you, you love

indefinitely (chapter 19, part 1)

It isn’t the first time her moms stopped talking to each other.  It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it’s slow torture, like listening to Barney the purple dinosaur sing his stupid “I love you, you love

nowhere (chapter 18, part 2)

Wayne awakes around noon, fully clothed and sweating under the Lilien’s down comforter with a mouthful of the straight-up residue of bourbon, rum, vodka and gin (there was nothing to mix it with) and some port to top it all

nowhere (chapter 18, part 2)

Wayne awakes around noon, fully clothed and sweating under the Lilien’s down comforter with a mouthful of the straight-up residue of bourbon, rum, vodka and gin (there was nothing to mix it with) and some port to top it all

you should have seen me (chapter 18, part 1)

 “He knew I was somebody, but he couldn’t pin it down.”  Wayne and Drew are in the Lilien’s vast fluffy bed.  Wayne leans against her shoulder and says, “He kept ogling me when he thought I wasn’t looking and he

you should have seen me (chapter 18, part 1)

 “He knew I was somebody, but he couldn’t pin it down.”  Wayne and Drew are in the Lilien’s vast fluffy bed.  Wayne leans against her shoulder and says, “He kept ogling me when he thought I wasn’t looking and he

watching yourself cry (chapter 17, part 2)

The first time they separated was when Eleanor was one, still putting everything in her mouth and needing to be carried. Elle had been a curious child and it took at least two people to make sure she didn’t grab

watching yourself cry (chapter 17, part 2)

The first time they separated was when Eleanor was one, still putting everything in her mouth and needing to be carried. Elle had been a curious child and it took at least two people to make sure she didn’t grab