Satellites and Mpala

My daughter and I painted a map of the world on a bedroom wall and are learning about people and places in each country. Kenya!   Satellites are the catholic god of 700 years ago. Invisible, all-seeing, and unblinking. Constantly monitoring the private thoughts and actions of the soulful. Calling wrath and righteous fury upon […]

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196 Countries

My daughter and I painted a map of the world on a bedroom wall and are learning about people and places in all 196 countries. Interviews, stories, and comments written by each of us will be posted here.

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The Love Story of Bakey and Galena

My next novel is in its beginning stages. Click on the map icons to read some of the first chapters (more to come) or visit this page for a list of stories and links.

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Popo Wakes Up

A novel by Joe Cotter — What would you do if you learned that the woman you love but have never met has been abducted and taken back to North Korea? Would you enlist the help of a family of immigrant smugglers and try to rescue her? Popo Wakes Up is the story of a man who […]

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The World on a Wall

My daughter and I painted a map of the world on a bedroom wall and are learning about people and places in each country. Interviews, stories, and comments written by each of us will be posted here. We began by interviewing a conservationist-scholar-author who spent years in ____, which is shaped like a malformed, balletic […]

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Catatumbo Bari – The Zipper

To fall onto the top of a Colombian kapok tree and watch the sun rise—that’s a good way to get over yourself. Watch the jungle steam. Pick at the roots of the baby tree growing on top of the big tree. Wave at the scavengers staring at you while they chew.  With the southern sun […]

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Omaha, Versailles – Big Louie

King Louis XIV hadn’t pissed in a pot that cost less than three fortunes since…well, never. In fact he’d never even had to hold his zizi while relieving himself. Upwards of 1,300 perfectly obedient girls, women, and eunuchs had held “the honor” and uncountable more had appeased it. Even when compared to the most bodiless […]

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Over Mompos

Is there a space in this cylinder of sky through which I descend, she wondered as she freefell, that has never been warmed by bird, beast, or man? There’s the sun, coming up, there, hello sun, lighting up Taima-Taima, appreciate that. Shook her head slightly to tip the thought back toward the center of her […]

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Belize – The Conquistador

One of his dozens of offspring would father progeny that would trickle down through latitudes of generations and spurt out the wheezy furball that invented Velcro. Another offshoot would punch Houdini in the stomach. More than one froze to death in a Greyhound bus station. Today his youngest descendant lost her virginity on a water […]

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Bouba Njida National Park, Cameroon – Under a bush

She hadn’t moved except to cry for an hour or two and she was in the shade, true, but she was under a bush, where the equatorial air had sunk beyond still and was closing in on decaying. Also, shade or no shade, it was hot. Hot. This was original heat, the heat that first […]

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