Archive | April 2012

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Boredom is Stupid, Histrionic, and Vain. Knock it off! Here’s How.

Yesterday morning, walking up the hill with Child to school, she said, “Does Santa make TVs?” “I don’t think so.” I said this because I don’t want her asking for a TV for Xmas. “Oh man!  I really want a TV for my room.” “Well, even if Santa could make you one, I would tell […]

How Plath’s Neatly Laid Plan For My Love Life Went Wrong

Spinster Now this particular girl During a ceremonious april walk With her latest suitor Found herself, of a sudden, intolerably struck By the birds’ irregular babel And the leaves’ litter. By this tumult afflicted, she Observed her lover’s gestures unbalance the air, His gait stray uneven Through a rank wilderness of fern and flower; She […]

“Have You Heard of the Brony Phenomenon?”

Yesterday, Child was watching My Little Pony on Netflix when Fella got home from work. He said to me, “Have you heard of the Brony Phenomenon?” I said, “Sounds like a three-year-old saying bologna.” He laughed and said, “It does, but that’s not what I’m talking about.” “What are you talking about?” “Bros who love ponies. […]

How To Be Insanely Productive: Lessons from the April Line School of High Energy Living

People have been asking me lately, “How do you do it?  How do you get so much stuff done?”  These are usually my fellow self-employed friends and they are typically asking with respect to my blog.  I spend a lot of time on my blog.  A LOT.  I also freelance consistently for one publishing company […]

The Reading Life: More on Chairs by Andrew Merton

After a completely sane, reasonable, temperate email exchange with Andrew Merton following my review of some of the poems in his book, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, I feel like it’s important to share a couple of the poems from the book that didn’t get my knickers in a feminist lather. Also, it […]

The Reading Life: Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, poems

Whenever I read, I’m always dissecting the author’s psychological process.  Not, I promise you, whether the events of a story or poems mirror an author’s own life.  I am a fiction writer, so I know that it’s almost always synthesis or loads of practice or having paid careful attention.  It is hard to write interestingly […]

The Incredible Benefit of Writing In a Group

At Wildcat Comic Con, I gave a presentation called, “Know Thy Characters, Love Thy Villains: A beginner’s writing workshop.” Check out the Slideshow in Powerpoint, or Download the PDF. I’ve been giving writing workshops as much as possible lately because I love them.  If you’re in Williamsport and you want to take an incredibly inexpensive workshop […]

A Baker’s Dozen Authors Who Made Me Want to Be a Writer, In Roughly Chronological Order

First, a note:  I don’t know if it’s true that these authors made me want to be a writer.  I think that any authors I read would’ve made me want to be a writer.  I think I already wanted to be a writer.  When I was too little to write, I knew it was what […]

Do Literary Authors Need a Social Media Support Group?

Whenever I am not sure where to take my blog post for the day, I spend a few minutes with Twitter before getting out of bed. This is one of the many things on my smartphone that make my job as a writer better, easier, or more efficient.  This morning, my friend and former teacher […]

Weeks To Geek: Impressions of Walter Koenig & Geek Culture

Walter Koenig is writing graphic novels these days.  His newest one, Things to Come # 2, is available on Amazon. That’s why he was at the Wild Cat Comic Con, which was held this past weekend at Pennsylvania College of Technology.  You can read about my involvement with the con here and here and here. I […]


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