Last week, I came across the word “Mamihlapinatapai.” This word exists in the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego and is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the… Read more Sometimes Just A (Foreign) Word Will Do →
There I was, clipping along, the book almost done, when I hit the motherlode. Yes, I’m writing a book that features a wonderfully sarcastic and witty Irish character. He happens… Read more When You Find A Wonderful (But Unusual) Source For Your Book →
I’m writing in my car Turn on the radio I pull a thought closer It just says no I say that I don’t like it But I know I’m a… Read more Confessions Of A Crazy Car Writer →
I have been laugh-out-loud crazy busy. Borderline psychotic, even. What kind of idiot thinks they can fully research and write a first draft in six weeks? This kind, apparently. But the really weird thing is, I woke in the middle of the night a few days ago and had a sudden revelation about a cool plot hook and ever since, the book has pretty much been writing itself. So I’m plugging away, and God willing, we’ll have an awesome book (in hardcover!) circa 2019.
I’m in the construction phase of the latest story, and that involves multiple outlines in multiple formats, snippets of scenes written down as they come into my head, lists with… Read more My Bazillion Outlines →
I didn’t get a lick of writing done on Saturday, because I was slogging through the mud and getting soaked to the skin at the March for Science in Washington… Read more Sometimes You Have To Step Away From The Keyboard & March For What Matters →
One of the things you hear a lot as a writer is well-intentioned advice that’s mostly true. Don’t tell, show. Don’t make it easy for your protagonist. Don’t be predictable,… Read more Listen To The Don’t’s – Then Do If You Must →
Today is Mr. Rogers’ birthday, and I do my best every year to make it a day of kindness. I write a check or go online to make a donation… Read more Today, A Story In Honor Of Mr. Rogers’ Birthday →