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...

Free Naked Montreal sample chapter

After attending an informative workshop at WriteByNight ("Self-publishing for profit," which is the first in a 3-part series), I've decided to add a sample chapter to my Naked Montreal website. Of course, the sample is completely, 100% free. All you have to do to get a copy is sign up for my new Naked Montreal mailing list. All the usual applies: no spam, no selling your email address Continue Reading...