Category: writing

My blogging philosophy

My blogging philosophy

In the past six months, I have read or at least paged through about a dozen books on blogging and writing for the web, because I’ve been really focused on creating a better online presence for me and my writing. A few of these blogging books—Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton, The Productive Writer by...

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

Deadlines work — If you know how to use them

You might think a self-imposed deadline will motivate you to write that story, research that paper, or establish your vegetable garden. It won’t. At least, it won’t if you don’t have a plan to back it up. I have learned this from depressing, depressing experience. Here’s an example from last fall. It’s about September, and...

Further thoughts on the nature of metafiction

Further thoughts on the nature of metafiction

I defined metafiction in this post over here, but I find this short list of meta-related definitions to be helpful also: meta- : a prefix originating from the Greek meaning “after,” “along with,” “beyond,” “among” or “behind.”  (dictionary.com) metafiction : fiction about fiction, or fiction that draws attention to the fact that it is fiction...

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Read my story “She’s a Work of Art” in Animal Literary Magazine

Animal: A Beast of  Literary Magazine published my short story “She’s a Work of Art”—based on Warren Zevon’s song “Excitable Boy”—in this month’s issue. You can read it directly, or peruse the magazine. Working with Fiction Editor Sarah Cedeño was one of the most pleasurable experiences of my writing career so far, so I would...