Hating Sansa Stark (and Not for Her Femininity)

Readers hate Sansa Stark and feminists argue that Sansa is a strong character, hiding behind her feminine whiles. Here’s why they’re both wrong. tell me more

What India, Burning Man and TC Boyle Have in Common

You may have noticed it’s been a few months since my last post. Likely you didn’t, but I still feel I owe you an explanation. What follows are not excuses, merely facts. I never promised to post often, my only commitment is to making what I do share original and worth reading. But in case you are curious, here’s what’s been going on. In August, I went to Burning Man Only one post on the blog, but I did create a huge album and playlist as a gift to my burner friends. If you look closely, the link to it… tell me more

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

If you know the name Steven Pressfield, it’s likely because he wrote the book behind the hit movie The Legend of Bagger Vance. I’ve never even seen that movie, much less read the book, but have been eager to read Pressfield’s much-celebrated The War of Art. The War of Art isn’t a book on how to write. It is a book on why to write, and a kick in the pants to get you writing now. The War of Art is not only a book for writers. It is not even only for artists. It is for anyone who has a calling.… tell me more

Check Out My Guest Posts on Learn HTML With Song

A cool new site just launched all about producing educational coding music videos. The idea is that if you’re going to get a catchy song stuck in your head, why not have those lyrics teach you HTML, the language of the web? It’s called Learn HTML With Song, and it’s made by a San Francisco coder, Diane Presler, with more than 20 years experience as an HTML teacher. Here’s an example of one of their videos. tell me more

Writing Quote From Barbara Taylor Bradford

Found this gem of a writing quote in Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson. I’ve not read any stories by Barbara Taylor Bradford but I’ve experienced the truth of this writing advice. If your character’s development isn’t driving the plot, there’s something missing in your story. tell me more

Reverse Word Count

Writers have this thing to kick ourselves in the pants where we keep track of our daily word count, and sometimes  publicly share them as a sort of competitive brag.  The writing software I use even has daily word count goals. These are of little use to me as the novel I’ve been writing for way too long has inched into 180,000 word territory.  If you’re not a word-counter yourself, rest assured, understand that that’s about 80,000 words too many. tell me more

Fan Mail for Evan Peterson: Dark Songs With Pretty Words

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Hipster Hating Lives On

I love the latest article in The Awl, “I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything“. It’s about a typewriter busker who ended up getting labeled as a hipster in an Internet meme. For one thing, I dig typewriter buskers. More importantly, as my regular readers may recall, I’ve written two articles about hipster hating, which were republished in a Kansas City entertainment weekly. It’s this weird quirk of mine that I’m opposed to threats of violence against strangers, simply because of their fashion, beer and bicycle choices, no matter how strange those choices may be. The post… tell me more