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Hating Sansa Stark (and Not for Her Femininity)

By on Apr 27, 2015 in All, Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Feminism, Movies and TV, Writers, Writing |

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.

What India, Burning Man and TC Boyle Have in Common

By on Apr 18, 2015 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Writers, Writing |

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 is hidden on this site. So I was writing a ton, but not so much blogging. It’s cliche to say so, but Burning Man was nothing short of awesome—in the traditional sense of the word: fearsome and awe-inspiring. Here’s a few photos from my trip. In October I Went to India I have three locations on my bucket list: India, Burning Man, and Barcelona. In 2014 I...

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

By on Jan 15, 2015 in All, Book Review, Books, Writing, Publishing, Writers, Writing | 1 comment

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. Whatever it is that you feel in your gut like you were born to do, this book is to help you do that thing. I don’t mean the laundry or the grocery list. I mean that state where you find flow, that thing you do with effortless grace. In its action, you forget who you are, but in its completion you define who you are. One of my favorite posts that I’ve ever written...

Writing Quote From Barbara Taylor Bradford

By on May 7, 2014 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Writers, Writing |

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.

Reverse Word Count

By on Dec 17, 2013 in Books, Writing, Publishing, Writing | 4 comments

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. I’d come to accept that there was no way a publisher would ever consider such a monstrous book, and that I’d have to put it in a drawer or self-publish. It definitely put a damper on my desire to finish the thing. Meanwhile, as a person who works in publishing, I’ve been building up a slush pile of my own.  I’ve found I’m more likely to finish reading shorter manuscripts, and therefore those are...

Sneak a Listen at 826 Valencia Benefit Album Tracklist

By on Nov 27, 2013 in Bay Area, Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Gotta Hear This Music, Playlists, Publishing:, San Francisco, Writers, Writing | 1 comment

Check out some songs from the forthcoming 826 Valencia benefit album.