Thursday, December 20, 2018’s like microwaving a bag of popcorn. Take the bag out too soon, chances are you’ve got too many unpopped kernels and it’s not finished. But leave it in too long, making sure every single kernel gets popped, you’re going to burn too many and ruin the whole thing.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This past spring, I finished writing my first novel (technically it’s called a “project” until it’s published, but humor me here).

It’s a great novel. It’s an amazing novel. It’s a damn fine novel.

I love this novel. My beta-reader friends loved it (or they pretended to anyway). And I loved writing it...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I wrote this letter to the editor below after reading a negative book review in The New York Times.

As a parent of two children, I read Ms. Szalai’s review of Senator Ben Sasse’s book The Vanishing American Adult because I want to raise my kids to become responsible, self-reliant adults. I did not ex...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

In the September Pub Rants blog post from Nelson Literary Agency, "9 Story Openings to Avoid, Part 4," they posed a fun challenge to craft a brief opening scene from these six lines of dialogue:

“Did you bring my money?”
“Relax. I brought your money.”
“Where is it? Give it to me.”
“Not yet. We’ve got...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Last night I dreamed I was at a house.  It was an unfamiliar house, a quaint, white, one-story house with a front porch.  It was mid-afternoon, and I wanted to sit on the wooden rocking chair on the porch, facing a screen door.  I sat down on it, and leaned back to rock in it, and I immediately fell...

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