Preditors and Editors poll results

I'M NUMBER TWO! Okay, so I'm not #1, but I'll take #2 in a poll I never even knew existed before this past December. The Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll results are in, and I ended up in the #2 slot for Best Non-Fiction Article for my ebook "Top 5 Reasons You Can't Get Laid in Montreal." I'd like to thanks Ben Sobieck for the nomination, as well as anyone else who voted for me in this Continue Reading...

Grammar nerdery: The one where Will Shortz gets schooled on the subject of illin’

While I am often found stylin' and profilin' here at Buttontapper HQ, I have occasionally been known to be straight illin' (as well as chillin'). Will Shortz, it seems, has recently been schooled on the subject of hip hop grammar and usage. In a post I would have liked to see titled Bitches Be Trippin', Gawker has the goods. Hilarious quotables abound, including: I would have to list my Continue Reading...

Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll nominations

Guess what? I've been nominated in several categories for this year's Preditors & Editors Readers' Poll! The poll is an annual tradition, and boasts a variety of categories on everything from books to short fiction and poetry to digital publications—including online magazines and e-books. So I turn to you, dear readers, for support. If you like my writing or my magazine, Black Heart, Continue Reading...

So, you want to be a novelist

So, you want to be a novelist, do you? Then I have some advice for you: WRITE. EVERY. DAY. And I don't mean blogs, or Twitter updates, or emails to your friends and family, or To Do lists. I mean write your novel every day. It's the hardest simple thing you'll ever do. I'm not suggesting writing a novel is simple; it's not. And I'm not suggesting that to create a novel, you just put Continue Reading...

Creating an outline that won’t kill your creativity

I've written a variety of novel manuscripts over the years, many during the noveling month of November. My typical approach to writing is commonly referred to as "flying by the seat of your pants," and although this may work in short doses, it is much harder to sustain in novel form. In the past I avoided the traditional outline, with its spontaneity-crushing fascism, convinced it was a tool Continue Reading...

New short fiction for 99 cents

Since the Amazon Kindle reader is the most popular ebook reader, according to Lifehacker and a variety of polls, I've published a few short fiction pieces at Amazon for only 99¢ each, in the hopes of attracting new readers to my forthcoming novel, Naked Montreal. If you're interested in reading some of my new digital works, for a crazy-low price, check out some of my latest erotica Continue Reading...

Let’s write novels together: NaNoWriMo 2011

Happy National Novel Writing Month! Every year I debate whether or not to join the fray on this 30-day writing marathon, which I have participated in—and won!—in the past. This year I've come up with a title for a potential novel, but I haven't done any actual writing or brainstorming thus far. It's only day 4, which means I can still get up to speed if I apply myself on the 1,667 words Continue Reading...

Save Dorothy Parker’s childhood home

I'm a member of the Dorothy Parker Society, thanks to my undying love for DP's poetry, short fiction and literary criticism. In the Society's recent newsletter, founder Kevin C. Fitzpatrick urged members to join him in a letter-writing campaign to save one of the divine Ms. Parker's childhood homes, which is currently slated for demolition. I took his request seriously, and sent a version of his Continue Reading...

Pop music ruins your brain, but so does contemporary classical pap

“What came first – the music or the misery? Did I listen to the music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to the music?" —Nick Hornby, High Fidelity As you may have guessed from the aforementioned quote and the title of this post, I agree partially with this post on Jane Friedman's blog by Porter Anderson: pop music will ruin your brain, and you should remove it Continue Reading...

It’s my birthday, so buy my books

Happy Birthday to me! Yes, it's true: today is my Jesus birthday, aka my 33rd year of always looking on the bright side of life. For something completely different, I'll be celebrating in true Big Lebowski fashion by bowling the night away and sipping White Russians like they're going out of style (which, let's face it, they probably are). The Jesus and his purple jumpsuit is not invited, nor Continue Reading...