These are writings on the state of life, short fiction, and space-exploration.

Now residing in a city too large, longing for somewhere far, far away.

“Past the flannel plains and blacktop graphs and skylines of canted rust, and past the tobacco-brown river overhung with weeping trees and coins of sunlight through them on the water downriver, to the place beyond the windbreak, where untilled fields simmer shrilly in the A.M. heat: shattercane, lamb’s-quarter, cutgrass, sawbrier, nutgrass, jimsonweed, wild mint, dandelion, foxtail, muscadine, spinecabbage, goldenrod, creeping charlie, butter-print, nightshade, ragweed, wild oat, vetch, butcher grass, invaginate volunteer beans, all heads gently nodding in a morning breeze like a mother’s soft hand on your cheek. An arrow of starlings fired from the windbreak’s thatch. The glitter of dew that stays where it is and steams all day. A sunflower, four more, one bowed, and horses in the distance standing rigid and still as toys. All nodding. Electric sounds of insects at their business. Ale-colored sunshine and pale sky and whorls of cirrus so high they cast no shadow. Insects all business all the time. Quartz and chert and schist and chondrite iron scabs in granite. Very old land. Look around you. The horizon trembling, shapeless. We are all of us brothers.

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

Contact: aaronfrench500@gmail.com

18 thoughts on “About

  1. Aaron, your blog is a good one to come by, I’ll enjoy reading more. I particularly liked the post on Success, it helped my own thought process on the subject a lot. With the financial crisis and my own increasing unwillingness to market my work according to current methods, I’ve seen my commissioned work dwindle down to nothing.
    But other opportunities to contribute have opened up. They are volunteer.
    It is extremely difficult to shake a lifetime’s habit of thinking like a professional, in terms of what one receives back for one’s energy/expertise, but this seems to be where the shift needs to happen.

  2. Hi there Aaron,
    The line here that sings out to me, beyond all your other gorgeous phrases, “…As I go about my day I am often inspired by the smallest things…”
    It is a special person who seeks beauty in the simple. You’re one of those folks who brings heart and soul into a world that needs tender care.
    Thank you…

    1. AnnMarie,
      This really means a lot. The best things in life are sitting right in front of us, and a comment like this is one of those things that may be simple, but really does encourage me to do something that I love. Thank you for being so generous of your spirit.
      -Aaron French

      1. You’re welcome.
        With the start of the school year here, my husband and I switched our walks to the morning at 5 am. I’d forgotten home many stars there are. They seem extra bright as did the moon 🙂
        You have a lovely week.
        AnnMarie 🙂

  3. Ah I’m so glad to be connected to you! It’s so wonderful meeting like-minded individuals on a quest to encourage and support all of humanity.

    I look forward to perusing through your blog 🙂

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