Welcome to my homestead on the web. My name is Jim Esch. I’m a writer, songwriter, publisher, and podcaster. I teach English and Creative Writing at a small college in the Philadelphia area.
This site is an exercise in simplicity. Flat files, no databases. Old school hand-coded internet with some scripting glue (via the REBOL language and embed codes) to make it stick.
It has been a busy fall, as usual, mostly preoccupied with teaching English 101, Creative Writing 153 (fiction and creative nonfiction), and English 131 (Literature of the Western World I). Back in November, I participated in a panel discussion on the theme of resiliency at the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE) conference at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. I introduced our student presenters and gave some institutional context about our literary magazines at the college where I work, where visibility and viability are persistent challenges.
My podcasting screeched to a halt over the fall, but I plan to get back and do more vinyl essence shows over the break. My goal is to get to 100 episodes. After that, I am contemplating making some changes. Stay tuned!
It has been a moribund writing season for me, but I have been listening to tons of music. Hopefully soon I will be blogging year-end recaps of my reading and listening life.
Let me just add that the Blue Wave of November 2018 gave us a much needed morale boost. Nothing in politics is ever engineered to make you truly happy, and it is foolish to seek comfort there. That being said, there is hope for improvement and recovery, now.
I’m busy preparing materials for my Fall undergraduate teaching.
I started adding my vinyl essence podcasts to soundcloud. Check the playlist to hear new and recent shows. You can still listen via podcast directories online and the wordpress and tumblr sites. One reason you might want to check it out at soundcloud is the fact that the audio is high quality, no compression.
I finished reading Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, all 2000 plus pages of it!
At last, I have finished the rough draft of Alt-Tab and am doing a thorough revision pass on it. I am seeking representation from literary agents.
Uploads to my soundcloud page keep happening. Lots of old cover songs and originals to post.
I’ve been putting a lot of books and music up for sale on ebay.
I’m nearing the end of the rough draft of my new novel, tentatively titled Alt-Tab. The end is in sight, and I just might get there by the end of the month.
I moved some equipment around in the home studio, and I think I have a better setup more conducive to laying tracks on our Tascam 2488 neo hard disk recorder. Ergonomics are much better. I am able to reach the buttons, now!
Our cat Boots died. After a graceful decline in old age, on Father’s day we noticed that he was having trouble standing and walking. Long story short, we had to put him down. He was 17 and was a happy guy until the end. We miss him terribly. I see him everywhere throughout the house, which now seems that much more empty. RIP old friend.
I’ve been posting audio tracks at soundcloud, originals and covers. Expect to hear more, as I’ve gone Soundcloud pro and the uploads are unlimited. There’s a lot of old recordings to share….
A new story of mine, “Zig Zag,” just got published at Two Hawks Quarterly. Actually, the story is anything but new. The story was submitted and rejected more than 30 times before Two Hawks gave it the nod. I’m grateful to them for believing in its potential.