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...