August 1, 2016
The Write Practice. One Quick Tip for Effective First Person Writing
Lithub. On Literary Plagues
Script. Top Ten Tips for Writing Memorable Minor Characters
Helping Writers Become Authors. 5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World
Finding Your Creative Muse. Writing the Ending for a Short Story
Electric Literature. Everything You Wanted to Know about Book Sales
Success. 5 Ways to Read More Books
Ploughshares. Writing Trauma: Notes of Transcendence
LitReactor. The Strange Day Jobs of Five Fiction Writers
Grammarly Blog. How to Write Better Short Stories
June 30, 2016
Bustle. 5 Reasons Why Writers Should Take A Break From Writing Every Now And Then
Writer's Edit. Video: Top 5 Editor Pet Peeves From Our Founding Editor
Literary Hub. On the Heartbreaking Difficulty of Getting Rid of Books
Electric Literature. The Blunt Instrument on Dealing with Rejection & the Anxiety of Publishing
Brain Pickings. The Psychology of What Makes a Great Story
Goins, Writer. Why Most Aspiring Writers Are Doomed to Fail
Thought Catalog. 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors
Salon.com. Advice to writers: Skip the scenery
Ploughshares. What Writers Can Learn From Visual Artists About Patterns and Meaning
The Write Practice. Writing Villians: 9 Evil Examples of the Villian Archetype
May 31, 2016
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Electric Literature. Contemporary Innovators of the Short Story: A Reading List
Mental Floss. 9 Authors Who Regretted The Success of Their Work
Brain Pickings. Anton Chekhov on the 8 Qualities of Cultured People
Writers Helping Writers. The Emotion Roller Coaster: Why Characters Resist Change
Literary Lightbox. Five ways to succeed at genre switching
Glimmer Train. What Do They Do? On Characters, Work, and Conflict
The Creative Penn. 5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out Of Your Head And Onto The Page
the guardian. Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain
Writer's Edit. 8 Secrets To Writing Strong Character Relationships
May 1, 2016
Lit Reactor. Six Ways Pets Improve Your Writing
Electric Literature: How Point of View Can Heighten Drama in Fiction and Film
Jerry Jenkins. Why 9 Out of 10 Writers Quit (And How to Be the 1 Who Finishes)
Slate. Stories for the Square Girls: Beverly Cleary's unjustly forgotten teen novels tell simple stories of first love.
Goins, Writer. Nobody's Heard of You (and That's a Good Thing): The Advantages of Anonymity
Writers Helping Writers. 5 Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story
the guardian. You think writing's a dream job? It's more like a horror film
Writer's Digest. 8 Tips to Writing Unreliable Narrators
BookBub. 9 Author Website Trends You Need to Know About
Indies Unlimited. Writing as Therapy
March 31, 2016
The New Yorker. Making the Tarot Literary Again
The Telegraph. The best podcasts for true stories, books and fiction
The Review Review. Should You Publish in Print or Online Journals?
Electric Literature. 10 Great Vanishings in Literature
Ted. Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age
The Bookseller. Libreria opening marks trend in designer bookshops
A Writer's Path. 20 Tips for Writing a Captivating Short Story
The Atlantic. Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences
The Creative Penn. 7 Mistakes You're Making with Your Author Blog and How to Fix Them
The Guardian. John Irving in conversation with Jeanette Winterson
March 7, 2016
My short story "Walking Past" appears in Issue 3 of The Nottingham Review This story had fifteen rejections before being accepted at this British digital literary journal. I love the cover photograph "Three girls in kitchen" by William Gedney.
"Walking Past" excerpt:
"There is a curious woman in my neighbourhood. She appeared two months ago and strolls around the building that sits on the corner of my block. Every morning I see her walking past on my way to the streetcar stop and again after work. Around and around she goes. I've never seen her in any of the stores the building houses—the grocery, the post office, the pharmacy, or the coffee shop. Sometimes she stands, staring into space when I pass. She doesn't seem to notice me, or that I notice her—two invisibles.
She wears the same thing most days—an olive-coloured three-tiered skirt, an over-sized brown leather jacket, and weathered cowboy boots. I imagine a nice body under her many layers. Her straight blonde hair is well past her shoulders. And her skin is tanned with freckles, natural, not one of those fake carroty rub-ons."
"Walking Past" is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is under consideration at several publishers.
February 29, 2016
Ploughshares. Presto!: A comparison of Magical Reveals in Fiction
Bustle. 15 Dysfunctional Literary Couples, Ranked
BBC Future. Are paper books really disappearing?
The Star. Five independent booksellers what do more with less
Real Simple. 6 Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make
The Paris Review. What Kind of Name Is That?
Compound Interest. What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?
Helping Writers Become Authors. What Every Writer Ought to Know About the Omniscient POV
The Guardian. Read it and beep: what robots will learn from our greatest literature
The Millions. The Private Library: What Books Reveal About Their Readers