Archive for May, 2012

Best Blog Comments of May 2012

Best Blog Comments of May 2012

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the conversation that is this blog with their thoughts and insights this month. Here are some of my favorite comments from May: Josh wins the Taking Science Fiction Seriously Award for this comment on my entry about how backwards time travel doesn’t work: You seem to know an awful […]


Tolkien Was Born in Middle Earth and Other Misconceptions

Tolkien Was Born in Middle Earth and Other Misconceptions

In 3 days, I will start to receive beta reader feedback about my YA dystopian novel, Wrinkle (although one beta reader got back to me a week ago, which was unexpected and fantastic). I’m thrilled but scared, curious but anxious. It is quite possible these readers will tell me that my novel sucks. And that’s […]


Movie Contrivance #14: I’m Pregnant

Movie Contrivance #14: I'm Pregnant

People tell other people they’re pregnant so often on TV and in movies that it’s no longer a surprise. It’s officially a contrivance. In movies, the revelation that someone is pregnant always happens when something crazy is happening, and the pregnant person isn’t reacting as they normally would, and then they say those fateful words: […]


How Would Your Life Be Different if You Chose a Different College?

How Would Your Life Be Different if You Chose a Different College?

My dream is that someday a virtual reality machine will exist that will let you go back to a crucial decision in your life, make a different choice than you did, and relive your life (fast forwarding as needed) following the alternate path. The machine would work Inception-style in that you could relive  years of […]


The Artist’s Way? No Way.

The Artist's Way? No Way.

Perhaps you, like me, have once had someone–perhaps an overbearing aunt or a coworker who bikes to work–insist that you read The Artist’s Way. Multiple people (including someone on Facebook recently, hence this post) have suggested that I read this book, saying things like “It’ll free your creativity” and “You’re creative–you’ll like this book.” I […]


I Lived Through 3 Days Without Air Conditioning: A Survivor’s True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

I Lived Through 3 Days Without Air Conditioning: A Survivor's True Tale of Survival Against All Odds

You might think that a man who keeps his condo at 78 degrees year-round would not have an issue with a few late-spring days without AC. You might think that not having AC is fairly inconsequential. You might think that it wouldn’t be a matter of life and death, a struggle against time, cats, and […]


Blind Baseball

Blind Baseball

Someone asked me the other day if I thought if the people of the world were eventually going to destroy our planet. Not just environmentally–like, quite literally destroy each other through crime, war, hate, etc. I said, no, I don’t think so. I’m worried about the ozone and the growing population of impoverished people in […]


Pet Please #66: The Moment When Two Voices Join in a Duet

Pet Please #66: The Moment When Two Voices Join in a Duet

I’ve been surprised by the recent popularity of the Gotye song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” It came out almost a year ago, and yet it gained traction sometime this winter and has been at the top of the charts since then. It’s a catchy song, easy to remember, and full of emotion, but […]


Why I Retired from Competitive Sports

Why I Retired from Competitive Sports

A few years ago, I officially announced my retirement from competitive sports. I was on a kickball team at the time. I know, it’s not really a competitive sport, but we were in a league with matching t-shirts and referees and rankings and all that. Although we told ourselves we were out there just to […]


Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

When I was a kid, my family went strawberry picking once a year. We’d scamper through the fields, eating just as many strawberries as we put in the basket, and then go home to eat strawberry shortcake for dinner. Yes, for dinner! Those were the days… So when a friend suggested we go strawberry picking […]


The Story of ManCans

The Story of ManCans

This is the story of how a brilliant business model convinced me, a person who does not care about scented candles in the slightest, to buy two candles on the spot. This is the story of ManCans. Last week I got my weekly digest of Springwise’s Top 10 Business Ideas & Opportunities (definitely worth a free […]


The $20 Rule

The $20 Rule

The $20 rule is that you could lose a $20 bill and not even know it, so let yourself be somewhat cavalier when considering a purchase of $20 or less. I learned about this rule about a year ago when I revealed to a friend–we’ll call her Emily–that I was waffling over a skinny tie […]


Your Greatest Fear #27: Trash-Talking After Butt-Dialing

Your Greatest Fear #27: Trash-Talking After Butt-Dialing

Today’s guest blog is brought to you by blog visitor, beta reader extraordinaire, and Blank Slate Press selection committee member Ansley. She has a very specific fear to share with you today that I’m going to add to my coda of greatest fears. I have some pretty wacky fears. (Insert horse picture here.) (Insert clown […]


Call Me Maybe? Nay, Call Me Definitely.

Call Me Maybe? Nay, Call Me Definitely.

Back in March, I set out on a mission: For the first time in my life, I wanted to write a novel from beginning to end. I had started two novels before that, approaching them as daunting, monstrous works that could only be completed if I took lengthy sabbaticals in a log cabin in the mountains where […]


Seven Pillars of Success: My Mom

Seven Pillars of Success: My Mom

This year I started a series on the blog about individuals who are really successful in one specific area of their lives. I believe that everyone has at least one component of their life that they’re really, really good at. The two I’ve written about so far are John Donovan and Eric Silverstein. Today I’d […]


The Male Lactation Discrepancy

The Male Lactation Discrepancy

Two friends of mine recently had a baby. Cute little thing. Tiny hands, tiny feet, cries a lot. When I met the baby for the first time, the husband commented that for the month since the baby was born, he’s been pretty much useless. And not for lack of trying. It’s just that the baby’s […]


Why Would You Possibly Want to Take Over the World?

Why Would You Possibly Want to Take Over the World?

I’ve really been enjoying the HBO show Game of Thrones lately. It’s all swords and sorcery, political posturing and trickery, and an abundance of nudity. That pretty much covers everything I love. However, there’s one key component of the show that I don’t quite understand: Almost every character is trying to be king of the […]


The Art of Flirtation: An Awkward Male’s Perspective

The Art of Flirtation: An Awkward Male's Perspective

This is a Mars vs. Venus entry, meaning I’m going to share my male perspective, and then at the end of the entry you can click over to my blogger friend Katy’s blog for the female perspective on flirting. I’ve always enjoyed flirting, but over the past year I’ve had a series of epiphanies about […]


The Avengers: Awesome Sauce

The Avengers: Awesome Sauce

I walked out of the Moolah Theater after seeing The Avengers about 2 hours ago. I really enjoyed the movie, and its level of awesomeness is slowly sinking in. It is truly a spectacular movie. My favorite superhero movie of all time is The Incredibles. I honestly didn’t think we’d ever get a live-action movie […]


Pet Please #65: Good Cop/Bad Cop

Pet Please #65: Good Cop/Bad Cop

There are few things I love more in this world than good cop/bad cop. This classic cop movie move is best applied in real life in situations where it is in no way necessary (or appropriate) for one person to be overly kind and compassionate and the other overly angry and aggressive. In fact, I […]


The First Video Blog: I Am Doc Brown

There was a bit of confusion on today’s blog regarding why, exactly, time travel to the past can’t work, so I decided to clear it up…with my very first video blog! I’ve been wanting to do one of these ever since I got the new iPad. Although I’m not a huge fan of video blogs […]


Movie Contrivance #13: Traveling Back in Time

Movie Contrivance #13: Traveling Back in Time

Yes, I know that Back to the Future is one of the most well-liked, well-written, entertaining movies ever, and its plot hinges entirely on traveling back in time. But consider this: Say I created a time machine that allowed me to travel back in time. I travel back to 1983 and steal the script for […]


The Best Concert I’ve Ever Been To

The Best Concert I've Ever Been To

I haven’t been to that many concerts in my life, but I feel like I’ve said this at least a dozen times: “That was by far the best concert I’ve ever been to.” And then I say it again the next time. Maybe each consecutive concert is inherently better than the last. A few very […]