The Nihilist on Vacation – Part 1

Dead in 70 years anyway. So reads the Instagram tagline of someone I know well, like a self-referential epitaph. This person is a teenager every bit as tormented, apparently, as I was at his age. The difference is that today the world can know your torment, which is not confined between the cardboard covers of... Continue Reading →

Uh oh, I’m working on a new novel

I have been happily crafting short stories for the last couple of years, in between finishing my last novel and weighing publishing options. Some stories have even been published. This has been immensely satisfying, especially in contrast with writing long-form fiction. It’s like the difference between adopting a dog and raising a child, where the... Continue Reading →

When opposites co… exist

The human mind is one of the few places where two opposing things can be true at the same time. The tension between opposites gives rise to what's exciting about life. Control – Surrender Momentum – Stasis Intellect – Heart Masculine – Feminine Strength – Flexibility Communal – Individual Gravity – Laughter Life – Death... Continue Reading →

What you don’t know won’t kill you

We've all heard the cliché "Write what you know." Perhaps it’s a useful instruction to beginning writers so they don’t get distracted while learning the basics of craft. Beyond that, it seems silly. My journalism training gave me the confidence to write about almost anything, as long as I was willing to do research. I... Continue Reading →

Outline Eureka!

I am a great outliner. I've written marketing plans, communications plans, white papers, newsletter articles, and magazine articles. For almost all of them, I have used MS Word's outline feature to organize my thoughts and the flow of the piece---usually before I write very many words. My fiction, on the other hand, I outline only... Continue Reading →

Head down and dreaming

I took a break this past week from my novel-in-progress to finish up a short story for submission to the San Mateo County Fair Literary Anthology. Pig races and high art Now, who even knew that the San Mateo County Fair had a Literary Arts Department? Certainly I didn't. The last time I went to... Continue Reading →

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