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Friday Night Liberty: San Diego local authors event, Nov 6

On the first Friday of every month, San Diego's Liberty Station hosts an open-house event called Friday Night Liberty. Museums, galleries, dance and artist studios all open their doors to visitors, offering free food and live music, as well as a chance for locals to chat with the artists that call Liberty Station home. Joining the festivities, San Diego Writers Ink also holds an open house Continue Reading...

My plans for November: reading, writing, Facebook fasting

This November is already off to a wacky start, isn't it? First we celebrated Halloween, then we "fell back," and today we've got a whole extra hour to write our NaNoWriMo novels! Well, we would have if we'd actually gotten up at the usual time, instead of sleeping in. I decided to sleep in, 'cause I'm lazy like that. What about you? A word on NaNoWriMo Updates In case you've been Continue Reading...

#NaNoWriMo prep: The Simple Art of Murder

As part of my NaNoWriMo prep, I've been reading Raymond Chandler's essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," from 1950. In it, the author condemns traditional detective stories, as he argues they can never be realistic enough nor rise to the level of great literature. He then proposes the type of detective story that can elude such problems, noting "in everything that can be called art there is a Continue Reading...

It’s almost #NaNoWriMo time – so grab my new book!

All right, who's doing NaNoWriMo with me this year? National Novel Writing Month, for those who have still miraculously never heard of it, is that special time of the year when all aspiring (and established!) novelists take to their keyboards, writing up a storm, with the goal of finishing an entire novel (50,000 words) in just one month. Naturally, I have renewed my love of all things Continue Reading...

Happy #BuyNothingDay: Enjoy your time off to rest and reflect

Every year, instead of trampling my fellow human beings in a race to be the first to grab the latest gadget nobody needs on Black Friday – just one day after we've all shared how thankful we are for all the stuff we already have – I like to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. And I encourage you to celebrate with me! Even if your holiday shopping is all done online, don't you find it a little Continue Reading...