2010: Time for a Short Story Challenge

I'm constantly debating with myself whether or not it's worthwhile to enter writing contests, since I hate paying the entry fees when I have no idea how many potential contestants I'm actually up against. It seems a bit unfair not to know your odds. I mean, even people playing the lottery can at least envision their one-in-10-million chances and decide for themselves whether it's worth the buck Continue Reading...

Charles Bukowski on writing what you know

Here's a good question: "why don't you write a novel about all that?" I asked her. "Hank," she answered, "you're just a cynical old drunk and a son-of-a-bitch. no wonder your stuff sounds like it was written in a cesspool. the next novel she wrote had a cynical old drunk in it who thought he could write but he couldn't really write at all, he just wrote shit which appealed somehow to Continue Reading...

WordPress update haiku

In case you haven't noticed yet, there's a new version of WordPress available. Upgrade your website now to avoid falling prey to obnoxious hackers! Here's a haiku to remind you. I call it "Be alert; the world needs more lerts": Obnoxious hackers in yr base killing yr d00dz, ruining yr Continue Reading...

Personal privacy and literary executors

This story is driving me nuts. Friday's Gazette reports that Nelly Arcan's money-hungry publishers are trying to hack into her computer to exploit the potential goldmine of unpublished work it houses. Various experts weigh in, throughout the piece, suggesting either that it's the publisher's right to do this or, more sanely, that it's up to her family or any "literary heir" she may have named in Continue Reading...

Mega haiku catch-up

I have been behind on my writing this week, and haven't posted any of my daily haiku since October 12! Therefore, I will make-up with a MEGA HAIKU CATCH-UP post, right now. Five crazy haiku, coming atcha. In five... four... three... [caption id="attachment_851" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Ugg Boots in action. The horror!"][/caption] To begin, let's start with my hatred for Ugg Continue Reading...