Lang Speaks

Just stumbled upon Stuart Beaton's podcast featuring my old buddy Preston Lang. The conversation between the two is thoughtful and funny, a mirror of Lang's writing. If you like noir, pick up The Blind Rooster; if you like crime fiction, it's The Carrier, both released last year. As for this podcast: Do we really need a 90,000-word book … Continue reading Lang Speaks

Foggy Bottom

From DC's skyline to it's underground rail system, one has to wonder how the capital of our great Republic has come to symbolize so much decay and brokenness. Escalator outages pervade Metro, clogging the human flow. Congress teases us with shuttering the Department of Homeland Security, even in the face of recent threats. These perversions and abuses gave me … Continue reading Foggy Bottom

Why Criticize Williams But Not O’Reilly?

O'Reilly is not a journalist. He's not worth my time. My criticism of Brian Williams, by contrast, was a necessary purge. I'd liked his work and trusted it, so felt betrayed, let down, disappointed. As far as O'Reilly is concerned, the Washington Post's Paul Waldman put it best: Brian Williams got suspended from NBC News because … Continue reading Why Criticize Williams But Not O’Reilly?

“Writer’s Block”: You Don’t Have It

I've been known to comment on various blogs: "I've never had writer's block. I have no shortage of things to write about or the desire to write them. If I'm not writing, I'm chewing on it." Ok. In January I blew through 20 chapters of a first draft. Four weeks and done, rough edges and all. … Continue reading “Writer’s Block”: You Don’t Have It

Banned Reading

Did you know that Popular Online Vendor X bans "distasteful content" from honest reviews of the very books they'd be happy to sell you? That's right: reviews of books full of obscenities sold on their site won't be posted if those reviews contain the same profane, immoral, or distasteful content as the product they want you to buy. I tried for two weeks to … Continue reading Banned Reading

Peace Corps Writer Awards 2014

Vote for your favorite Peace Corps Book of 2014. People in the Peace Corps community know well the agency's three goals: To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served To promote a better … Continue reading Peace Corps Writer Awards 2014

Brian Williams, Dan Marino & Milli Vanilli

A lot of excuses have been made on behalf of Brian Williams since his fabrications went public last week. None of them are good. None of them can buy back the credibility every journalist requires as their professional stock in trade. But I was surprised to find one of the worst excuses in The New … Continue reading Brian Williams, Dan Marino & Milli Vanilli

To Bleed or Not to Bleed–(the Writer’s Question)

I don't plan on writing porn any time soon. Probably never. But this article from today's New York Times Magazine, about the life of one prolific pornographer, had me thinking about what I write and how I write it. The piece helped me calibrate the struggle against my greatest bane: The lack of time. I'm a career man with a job … Continue reading To Bleed or Not to Bleed–(the Writer’s Question)

Dundee International Book Prize

Two weeks until the February 15th deadline for submitting your manuscript to this year's Dundee International Book Prize. Curious about what floats their boat? Read last year's shortlisted works: My manuscript Sea Never Dry, thick with crooked cops, fetish priests, Internet fraudsters, and orphans turning a buck off a West African e-waste dump, made last year's cut. Read the excerpt below. Now, … Continue reading Dundee International Book Prize