Tangriel sighed and nervously stroked the white feather in his derby hat when he saw the passenger.  “Well this is awkward.” “Hello, Hogsworth.”  “Tangriel.” “Well, are you getting in?” The paunchy man unbuttoned his suit jacket and slid into the back seat.  “Buckle up,” Tangriel said and caught Hogsworth roll his eyes in the rearview. … Continue reading Rideshare


I “Calvin Briggs?” The door creaks open and her perfume hits me like a ‘37 Oldsmobile.  Beautiful, but Christ she lays it on thick. “What do you want?” “Are you…?” she asked. “Yeah I’m him.” “I'm looking for something,” she said. “Long as you’ve got cash, you’ve come to the right place.” “Money isn't a … Continue reading Disarmed

Dave Grohl in every band at Festival

MIDDLE OF BUMFUCK, Nowhere – Festivalgoers were shocked this weekend to find Dave Grohl apparently joined every band on the playbill.  The veteran rocker, who is most famous as the drummer of Nirvana and front man of his own band the Foo Fighters, has set a precedent of collaborating with artists from across the rock … Continue reading Dave Grohl in every band at Festival

Updates and Announcements:

Happy Monday everybody! We’re picking up steam here over at mindful of madness and by “we” I mean myself, my long suffering wife, Brittney, who toils through editing my first drafts and of course our intrepid feline ward Zuzu, who generally just gets in the way when I’m trying to type. I want to say … Continue reading Updates and Announcements:

The Man with the Case Pt. 2

Las Vegas 1970 ​“Smothers, you listening?” Jimmy P snapped his fingers in front of Brock’s face. ​“Yeah Jimmy, I’m listening.”  “Good, he’s gonna be here any minute, so go down to the loading dock and wait for him. When he gets here, bring him up to Don Carlito’s office.” ​“How will I know it’s him?” Brock asked. … Continue reading The Man with the Case Pt. 2

The Man with the Case Pt. 1

Sicily 1895 AD Giuseppe lounged in a cushioned chair and sipped wine thoughtfully in the late autumn sun. Servants in white smocks and wide brimmed hats toiled in the vineyard below. Someone, one of his grandchildren no doubt, cranked a subtle aria filtered through the speaker of a Victrola s omewhere in the villa behind him. Giuseppe did … Continue reading The Man with the Case Pt. 1