Yearly Archives: 2016

Writing Tips | October

Electric Literature. 6 Halloween Costume Ideas Based on Short Stories

Niume. 21 Ways to Find More Time to Read

Lit Hub. Reading D. H. Lawrence on a Remote Swedish Island

Book Riot. 10 Great Books Featuring the Devil

Pickle Me This. How to Get Over Literary Envy

The Wise Ink Blog. 4 Tips on Picking an Editor

Matthew Bayan. How to Write Engaging Dialogue

Bustle. The 13 Creepiest Ghosts From Literature

Publishers Weekly. Beverly Cleary’s Birthday Party of the Century

The Guardian. Top 10 books about intelligent animals

Writing Tips | September

New York Times. Who Gets to Write What?
Books and Such. 12 Worst Book Endings

“A Polite Woman” in Cosmonauts Avenue

My short story “A Polite Woman” appears in Cosmonauts AvenueThis story had twenty-four rejections before being accepted at this monthly literary magazine from Montreal.

The story begins…

“Marla was a polite woman. If a man wanted to sleep with her she never refused. With each new man, she adopted a cat—Fluffers McGee for John, Marion for Paul, Tiddlemouse for Richard, and so on. Her planner became full of daily romps, so too her house with felines.”
“A Polite Woman” is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is under consideration at several publishers. Nineteen of the twenty-two stories in the collection have been published in literary journals and magazines in North America and the UK.

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Writing Tips | August

Mashable. 10 Famous Writers Who Don’t Use Modern Tech to Create

Electric Literature. Let Us Now Praise Famous Short Story Writers (And Demand They Write a Novel)

Literary Hub. What Should Fiction Do?

Helping Writers Become Authors. Does Your Story Have Too Many Characters?

The Irish Times. Oscar Wilde to be celebrated in Paris at last with major exhibition

Publishing Perspectives. Literary Agents in India: Not Your Traditional Gatekeepers

The New York Times. Why Do Debut Novels Command So Much Attention?

Ploughshares. Orphaned and Adopted Characters Are More Than “Convenient”

The Creative Penn. How To Deal With Criticism And Rejection With Mark McGuinness

WTF with Marc Maron. Laura Albert & Jeff Feuerzeig

Writing Tips | July

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

Writing Tips | June

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

Writing Tips | May

Walter at The River Trading Company

Good E Reader. Why Do Independent Bookstores Have Cats?

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

Writing Tips | April

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

Writing Tips | March

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

“Walking Past” in The Nottingham Review

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. 

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