What the F? Top 3 Reasons to Let the F-Bombs Fly

Are you cussin' with me? If not, you should be! Tonight, local indie bookstore Warwick's is hosting Benjamin Bergen, who will be reading from his book What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. In honor of this momentous occasion (and a book I immediately added to my To Read pile upon discovering its existence), I've decided to share with you the top Continue Reading...

Where were you on 9/11?

It's been 15 years since 9/11 happened. I lived in New York at the time, so I still remember exactly where I was when the towers fell. I had just graduated from college that May, and was still living in the neighborhood surrounding my alma mater, Fordham University, in The Bronx. My living situation was a bit precarious. I had told my parents, back in Ohio, that I wanted to stay on in New Continue Reading...

How to NOT write a novel in 3 days: #3DNC 2016 wrap-up

So, let's start with the bad news first: I failed to finish my 3 Day Novel, Manbots Attack!, this year. Indeed, I only came up with 5,926 total words over three days. 6,789 counting my outline. Pathetic! On day one, I wrote only 2,687 words. One day two, I wrote 1,599 more words. And on day three I wrote 1,640 words. But I know what I did wrong. And I think I know how to fix it. Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: Matilda #fridayreads

One of my favorite opening lines from a children's book – particularly as an adult – is this week's gem: "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." In case you couldn't guess, this one is from British author Roald Dahl, whom you probably know as the Continue Reading...

August round-up: 365K Club, week 34

Since I actually missed my regular update day last week, I've decided to include my numbers for week 34 along with my August round-up for an extra-large installment of the 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 20, Day 233: 900 words August 21, Day 234: 353 words August 22, Day 235: 790 words August 23, Day 236: 925 words August 24, Day 237: 775 words August Continue Reading...

Top 3 Reasons to Participate in the 3 Day Novel Contest

Are you ready for the 3 Day Novel Contest? Wait, you meant you haven't heard of this annual write-a-thon, happening every Labo(u)r Day weekend since 1977?! Where have you been hiding, honey? It's only the world's most notorious writing contest! I've only written an entire book about it... [caption id="attachment_10802" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pssst! Click to buy for just 99¢ Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Antoinette Kuritz, Founder of the La Jolla Writer’s Conference

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Antoinette Kuritz, founder of the La Jolla Writer's Conference. She spoke about a wide variety of subjects related to writing, publishing and marketing, packing in a ton of information in just an hour. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways: Use both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark when publishing Continue Reading...

Letter Writer Extraordinaire: 365K Club, week 33

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 13, Day 226: 276 words August 14, Day 227: 860 words August 15, Day 228: 860 words August 16, Day 229: 805 words August 17, Day 230: 790 words August 18, Day 231: 820 words August 19, Day 232: 900 words That’s a grand total of 5,311 words for the week, 17,081 for Continue Reading...

Top 10 Best Books to Stick It To The Man

BookRiot recently posted a list of 17 Books That Sell Way Too Fast at Used Bookstores, which I found fascinating. In particular, I found it curious that this list did not more closely overlap with another list I'd previously read, which contained the Most Frequently Stolen Books (this isn't the list I read, but here's a list of Most Commonly Stolen Books that includes both libraries and Continue Reading...

That’s CAPTAIN Roberts, thank you very much: 365K Club, week 32

*NOTE: Due to a word tracking error, I have updated this entry accordingly. It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 6, Day 219: 960 words August 7, Day 220: 805 words August 8, Day 221: 915 2,090 words August 9, Day 222: 795 words August 10, Day 223: 1,025 words August 11, Day 224: 878 words August 12, Continue Reading...