James D. McCallister

author of the Edgewater County series

Free Writing Advice

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, […]

Review (Theatrical): FRANCES HA (2013)

A breezy, charming, and affecting Manhattan for the millenial generation, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha offers a poignant 90 minute character study about an average suburban American woman living in New York who, long after she should’ve given up (or at least recognized where her true talent lies), continues to half-assedly follow her artistic dreams as a budding modern […]

Review (Theatrical): THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2013)

Derek Cinefrance’s gloomy relationship mopefest Blue Valentine (2011), while not a terrifically uplifting sit, nonetheless showed great promise in the filmmaker’s patience and willingness to let depth of character drive the narrative of his film. Cinefrance’s sensational and moving new offering The Place Beyond the Pines, currently in theatrical release, not only builds on the potential […]

UPDATED: Another DOGS Request

UPDATED: Well, just got word that that’s a big negatory from Bantam/RH, and so, back to the editor’s list. DOGS will yet find a home—as of this writing it’s still out to Penguin, so we also still have that chance at being picked up. No worries—rejections are but stepping stones to an eventual yes! —- […]

FELLOW TRAVELER Book Release Video

Here’s a cool vid of me reading Chapter 1 from the book release event on November 1, 2012. Thank you Julia Beckham for shooting, editing, and posting! A good chance for folks to hear the dulcet Southern syllables come a-rollin’ off my ‘Edgewater County’ tongue, here in full Performance mode.

The Blog Lives (Long Live the Blog)

Welcome to the blog of James D. McCallister, which for the time being serves as my principal internet presence (except, of course, for Facebook). Here one may find an explanation of the blog name, as well as biographical material on who I am and why I’m here. This blog represents the only public glimpse into […]