The Magician and the Stage

I haven't posted any of my daughter Maddie's flash fiction on my blog for awhile, but she has still been writing a lot. Here's one of her latest pieces:

The Magician and the Stage

There was a magician named David. And he was going to pull a rabbit out of his hat. But when he got on stage, he decided to pull a frog out of his hat. But then he reached his hand into the hat and pulled out a bird.


My story "Incendiary" appears in the latest issue (Vol. 23, No. 1) of Rampike, which focuses on explorations of conflict and discord. Rampike is a Canadian magazine affiliated with the University of Windsor. Over the years, it has published interviews and works by many internationally acclaimed writers, among them William S. Burroughs, Jacques Derrida, Kathy Acker, Paul Auster, Marshall McLuhan and David Foster Wallace. "Incendiary" will appear in Vol. 1 of my upcoming fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity.

Two-Week Shred

I’m doing a two-week shred to bring out the abs for the summer. Basically this amounts to three days of a low carb diet interrupted by one day of moderate carb intake with increased cardio. Alas, I shall not go without my evening wine (this works for me—it may not work for others). Here’s a sample of a low carb day:


30 minutes (fasted)

Low sodium V-8

4 scrambled eggs + diced scallions
1/2 cup blueberries 

1 scoop Monster Pump NOS energy catalyst

45-60 minutes

2 scoops EAS whey protein
1 carbmaster yogurt
2 cups broccoli

10 oz. red wine!

15 oz. tilapia
3 cups baby spinach
8 cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

2 tbsp. Natural Skippy peanut butter
1 Sargento Light string cheese

This tabulates to about 1,500 calories per day with a carb intake of 40 or so grams. I should be eating more protein in order to retain muscle, but I try not to eat too much protein if I’ve dropped my carbs—bad for the liver. Learn more about diet and exercise in The Biographizer Trilogy.

Deep Ends

The second installment of Rick McGrath's anthology of Ballardicana will be published later this year by The Terminal Press. My oneirograph "Geometry of Mourning" will appear in it alongside tons of JGB experts and aficionados, including JGB's daughter Bea as well as Ballard himself (McGrath procured the rights to a previously unpublished prose poem called "Crystal of the Sea"). Also included will be work from Iain Sinclair, Umberto Rossi, Mike Holliday, Peter Brigg, and many others. I'm so proud to be a part of this book. Note the flipper on the (temporary) cover—a drawing by Fay Ballard.

To tide you over before the release of Deep Ends, be sure to check out the first installment, The J.G. Ballard Book, a singular mosaic of interviews, articles, bibliographies and thought experiments that features color photographs and illustrations in addition to original correspondences between Ballard and various Ballardians.