Saturday, March 17, 2018

I'm Going In Pieces

Not to, but in,
as craggy bits of memory slough off like icebergs,
slipping beneath the waves and drifting
when my back is turned,
edges rounding,
sometimes glinting one last mockery of a distant sun-flash
before turning slowly and sinking,
at last,
into the slushed and warming sea.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


"For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration--and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour."

- Amor Towles, in his novel A Gentleman in Moscow

Friday, February 23, 2018

ABDUCTED short film: Behind The Scenes

I had a fantastic experience working with director Ben Joyner and DP Tucker MacDonald to make TWO FOR TEA back in 2014, so I was pumped at the end of last week when we finally went into production on a new collaboration, ABDUCTED.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today We Are (for the Umpteenth Time) Obliged to Be Romantic

This morning I made for my lovely wife the most romantic Valentine's Day card in the history of Valentine's Day cards. I offered to take a picture of it (so she could do that thing where people brag about their relationships to friends and strangers on Facebook), but she said she'd just keep it to herself (because, I guess I should admit, the card I made was WILDLY inappropriate for public consumption).

So instead of publicly sharing the most romantic and inappropriate Valentine's Day card in the history of Valentine's Day cards, I will once again post the most romantic poem ever, which I composed for my incredibly amazing and thankfully un-romantic wife from the first lines of thirty of the (apparently) most romantic poems ever written in the English language.


Monday, January 29, 2018

New Jobs, New Directions...

Art-making is a difficult addiction to maintain.

I've managed it by taking a number of jobs:
  • Industrial Reforestation (half a million trees planted!)
  • Animatronic Movie Prop (film & TV extra)
  • Carb & Sugar Delivery Agent (Olive Garden Server)
  • Bum-Wiper (daycare worker)
  • Baby Boomer Boredom Reliever (home renovations)
  • Lion, Tiger, and Bear Duster (house slave for a big game hunter)
Et cetera. 

And although I've always tried to apply myself, I've yet to take a job that uses the skills of my craft (primarily writing) in a way that engages me on the level of the things I care about most deeply.

Until now.

I've recently been hired as a consultant with SIL LEAD, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local, community-based organizations use their own languages to improve their quality of life. 

I love it! 

Although I'm not actually out there in the thick of it, I now have the chance to use my writing to serve people in marginalized communities around the world in a way that respects and affirms what they have to offer. No imperialist aspirations for me, no sir!

I posted my first blog post on the SIL LEAD website this morning. It's titled, "It's Not a Good Meeting Until Everyone's Been Heard," and I think you might dig it.

I have a limited tolerance for internet-time and SIL LEAD will be taking up a lot of it, so it's likely that (for the time being, at least) this site will become more of a repository for career-news than anything else. Consider this an invitation to head over to the SIL LEAD website and join me as I help give a new voice to marginalized communities.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Taking Stock

Not saying I feel this way all the time, but...

Taking Stock (2017) from Duncan Cowles on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Top Ten Favorite Films of 2017 (and more)

To repeat last year's top-ten statement: this is not a Best-Of list, because ranking art is silly. These are just the films I watched and liked most, and that I felt were fine exemplars of their respective genres. My favorites this year tend toward comedies and tentpoles. What can I say... It's been a year worth escaping.

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