the 100 most frequently used words in my first novel

across again air always another ask away beautiful bed big blue boys bridey car come dark day down eric even eyes face father fee feel find fire first get go going hair hand head hear home house ing inside know later leave left light little long look looking love man mean mother mr myself new next night nothing now open paper people peter pictures put really remember right room say school see seems set side sit sky smiles someone something stand take tell thing think time tom turn two voice wait walk want watch white years zach

I don’t really believe this, but this is what Amazon says. I don’t see fox in here, is the thing.


  1. I already have your first novel. (what’s with the no mention of the word fox?? I know I read it. That’s why I sent you “The Dream Hunters”) I’m waiting to buy your second novel. Hint. Hint.

  2. I ordered Edinburgh last Thursday, and it arrived on Tuesday. I finished it today. Just now–like five minutes ago.

    It is easily one of my favorites. You’re among Hemingway, O’Connor, Proulx, Cha, and Miller to me. I anticipate your next book’s release.

  3. Wait, I can get paid for reading your first novel? 😉

    I especially love the middle section of the novel.

  4. What’s wrong with stealing it? The book store will just have to order another copy from the publisher then which is what they would do if I bought it. Seems like you’d still win.

  5. Tony and John, thank you, John especially for the super high praise. Jeffrey, I always knew I liked your boyfriend. Shadows, thanks—I love the middle also. Colin, I guess, note the ‘product’ tag. I know capitalism is suspicious in parts of the Pacific Northwest, but I’d like the publisher, the bookseller and myself all to get paid. Win-win-win. Stealing the book actually steals from me, not the bookstore.

    Plus, it helps books like mine get published. It’s good for the people coming up behind me, young queer writers… like you. ;D

  6. I see Amazon is doing this now, too:

    for Edinburgh; Words per Dollar: 5,620
    for Ulysses, Words per Dollar: 22,648

    What could this possibly mean?

    Does this mean a collection of Sapphic fragments isn’t a very good return on your investment?

  7. i just read edinburgh. i came back from working the wesleyan writers conference and ordered it off amazon. if nothing else, i got a long list of good books to read from that job.

    i did love it. i read it much too fast and now i am going to go back, and read it aloud to myself. and when the queen of the night comes out, i’ll buy it in hardback. i don’t do that often. i mean, i’m a poor student. i mean, be flattered.

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