Lucy-Evolutionary Celebrity-Dies From Fall, Visits Seattle

I saw in the news that some scientists think they might have figured out how Lucy died. I couldn’t help but smile. Not because Lucy died, mind you, but rather because she was in Horse Bite. In the opening chapter, I wrote about Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis, evolutionary celebrity, and contrasted her with a possible love Read More …

Research for Next Book, Christopher Hitchens, Stealing a Soul

I’d never heard of Christopher Hitchens until sometime last year while doing research for my next book. The Music Book had been out for a while and I was originally thinking my next work would be a collection of short stories based around holidays. I’d written a few already and one, Condoms on Christmas, had Read More …

The Brussels Attacks, Divine Warrant, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump (Drumpf)

Religion reared its ugly head in Brussels on Tuesday. 31 dead to my knowledge, a great many more injured physically and mentally. It’s a tragedy. So many lives needlessly cut short and/or altered forever because a lunatic with a belief in the imaginary had a bomb. And by imaginary, I mean a divine warrant. The Read More …

You still writing?, Bridge Residency, Beer Intern

A few people have asked in the last few months why I haven’t been writing, and I can see their point of view. I don’t post as many music articles on Northwest Music Scene these days. My blog has been inactive, my Twitter and Facebook accounts relatively subdued. Musicians have asked about it, friends, people Read More …

Interviews about The Music Book

Here are some of the interviews I’ve done about The Music Book. 1. King 5 New Day Northwest with Margaret Larson “very successful at transporting [the reader] to that world…captures the power of music…a really entertaining book” –Margaret Larson   2. On the True Fidelity show on NWCZ “It’s a really cool book.” –Darrell Fortune Read More …

The Music Book Reviewed

Here’s a list of some kind things people have had to say about The Music Book. 1. Innocent Words reviews The Music Book “O’Leary digs deep into the essence and value of a perfectly strummed guitar chord, the power of a hook in the chorus, and how music can lead to moments far more intimate Read More …

Guest Blog Posts for Other Authors

Here are a few posts I’ve done for the blogs of other authors. 1. Writing about finding home on 9/11 while in Korea for author Arleen Williams “It was work, living, life, and I even had the thought somewhere over the Pacific with a beer in one hand and a coffee in the other that Read More …