Breaking News

A few months ago, I found out about an author named Dan Ariely. His work fascinated me, so I blogged about it a few times (How to Get Someone to Say Yes, The Power of an Irrelevant Option, and The Power of Origin Stories). I also started reading his blog. A few months ago, Dan […]

Kickstart THIS

I was going to write about something completely different today, but then JoshVision posted this blog entry announcing the launch of his book on Kickstarter, and I can’t stop thinking about anything else. My mind is blown. I’m having braingasms. Kickstarter is a site where you can post a project–usually one in progress–and seek funding […]

Three Sentences I Love

The other day I was reading a short story on Fifty-Two Stories, and a line jumped off the page and slapped me in the face. It was that good. I haven’t read a sentence like this in a long time: He’d dated since Nora’s death—two or three times, all setups that ended comfortably but without […]

My One-Person Fan Club

As I wrote about a few days ago, I am the featured writer in the great online literary magazine Reflection’s Edge this month. This news came as a suprise and an honor. An even bigger surprise came a few days after my story was published. I got fan mail. My first-ever piece of fan mail […]


Wow. I’m not often flattered, but I am flattered right now. I knew about a month ago that my story, “The Urban Parasite,” was going to be published in one of my favorite online literary magazines, Reflection’s Edge. What I didn’t know until about 3 seconds ago was that my story was going to be […]

The Smartest Thing I Did Today

The smartest thing I did today cost me $83.16, significantly reduced my computer’s performance, and took 5 minutes of my time. Yes. I converted my CPU into a sandbox for the enjoyment of my kitten. No, really, today I noticed a blog entry from one of my top five favorite novelists, Lauren Groff, that deeply […]

The Seven Best Cities in the World for Writers

The Seven Best Cities in the World for Writers

(Note: The original list was for five cities, but the list has grown thanks to alert readers. If you have a city to add and the data to back it up, let me know. Also, I’m connected to an independent publishing company called Blank Slate Press, so if you’re a novelist or a reader of […]

Where I Write

I often get mail from readers* asking about where I write. Personally, I’m fascinated about my favorite writers’ working spaces—I wish there was a coffee-table book of photos of famous authors’ desks. I want to know how they organize 600-page plotlines and characters and settings within the bounds of a single desktop. I want to […]

The Secret to Getting Published

Just the other day I was reading EW’s list of the 50 new classic books. As I read through the list, I was amazed by the breadth and depth of the books. And I was saddened by the fact that I have yet to be published and thus am not anywhere close to being put […]