October 31, 2016
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
October 4, 2016
The Millions. Unquote: The Benefits of Excising Quotation Marks
Dan. Alatorre. 10 Things That Make Your Story UNREADABLE.
New York Times. Who Gets to Write What?
Ploughshares. Short Stories as a Path to Literary Success
Book Riot. 10 Best Dickens Characters
Huff Post. 10 Trends Driving The Future of Authorship
Electric Literature. On Not Writing: An Illustrated Guide to My Anxieties
Books and Such. 12 Worst Book Endings
September 19, 2016
My short story "A Polite Woman" appears in Cosmonauts Avenue. This 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.
August 31, 2016
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
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
January 31, 2016
Writers Write. 14 Points To Consider Before You Write The Ending
Book Riot. Some Like It Hot: The Literary Function of Sex Scenes in Romance
NPR. What Exactly Does An Editor Do? The Role Has Changed Over Time
Lit Reactor. 10 Albums Based on Books and Literature
Los Angeles Times. My so-called life: Jim Ruland on writing memoirs for other people
Buzz Feed. 16 New Year's Resolutions Only Book Nerds Can Relate To
Vulture. Can Short Stories Still Shock?
The Rumpus. Writing On Old Age
The New York Times. Words Unwired
The Guardian. Top 10 failed romances in fiction