I tailor-made an essay for an in-house blog last month. Labored over 500 words and thought it a shoe-in. But they passed. The rejection would've stung if I thought the piece was lousy. This was for a blog, but the rejection didn't hurt: I don't submit rubbish, though I may write it. I knew the piece … Continue reading When Publishing Was Hard
Migrating to my third generation Mac. That's a circa 2004 15" Powerbook G4 on the right, currently in use for a novel in development (Big Fish, Little Fish, for my son's 8th birthday). I had to ramp it up tonight because the more modern machines are talking to each other, or at least trying to. … Continue reading Current Situation
The NRA and its lackeys are fond of telling us the only thing that can stop a 'bad guy with a gun' is a 'good guy with a gun.' I have no problem with responsible gun ownership. But I reject the assumption that '...with a gun' is the natural order of things. The above canard … Continue reading Gud Guy w/ a Gun
Prayers, check. Silence, check. Guns, Amen.
Which books are you boycotting? So many to choose from... Stick it to them, I say!
The crazies at NRA can't, but I can do better than a black and yellow duffel bag. Club Patchworks---free paperback with every subscription!
Think of all the time and effort that goes into writing a novel. Then think about this reaction when you get to the end: "So what?" Or this: "What next?" So what? What next? That can be what it feels like to finish writing a novel. I guess there was the one time I finished … Continue reading What Next?
DC-area writers, consider stopping by the American Foreign Service Association for this year's book market featuring a talk on writing and publishing from 25-year veteran literary agent and editor Deborah Grosvenor. Two dozen Foreign Service-affiliated authors will also be there with their latest work. Find out what publishers are looking for when it comes to writing … Continue reading Foreign Service, Under Covers
If you aren't following The Nib you're missing out! Yesterday they featured a slate by cartoonist Jeremy Nguyen featuring new defenses against flying bullets. Because, you know, our elected officials certainly won't help. Check it out.
A short block from Maryland's historic State House, down a white brick street narrow with specialty shops, The Annapolis Bookstore is exactly what a bookstore ought to be: jammed with literature, old and new, on shelves that climb from creaking wood floor to high plaster ceiling. Close with the antiquated must of well-turned pages, yet … Continue reading The Annapolis Bookstore