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David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s publishing guide is not so comforting

David Comfort’s The Insider’s Guide to Publishing is depressing, although I believe he was aiming for darkly humorous. Unfortunately, I found the humor to be more annoying than funny. I will save you the trouble of reading it by distilling the information here: Publication is unlikely, especially paid publication. Your book will probably flop, and...

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

All of it’s true, and none of it happened

The book is perhaps the most challenging I’ve ever read, or ever will read, both from the perspective of writing craft and from the perspective of subject matter. The images and scenes are vivid and hard to face. They show carnage, destruction, cruelty and disfigurement, all of which are worse than death.

O’Brien’s writing is the same. He tears the craft apart, destroys the genre of fiction and leaves it bleeding and raw with its guts hanging out and its head cut off and posted on a stake at the entrance.

New commenting policy

New commenting policy

I got a few inappropriate comments last week that made realize I should really have a comment policy for this blog (and my other sites, as well). You can read the new policy on the Commenting page. It takes effect immediately. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or be the thought police; I...

Read my flash essay about Vietnam in Watershed Review

Read my flash essay about Vietnam in Watershed Review

The latest issue (Spring 2015) of Watershed Review features my flash essay about Vietnam, “Crossing the Street in Hue on Buddha’s Birthday.” I visited Vietnam as part of the Chatham MFA program’s 2012 field seminar. One requirement of the “class” (two weeks in Vietnam can hardly be called a class) was to keep a detailed...

#FridayReads: The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

#FridayReads: The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

This is a book I’ve seen referenced often in other books. Barnes and Noble always seems to have multiple copies stocked, too. While I don’t think that reputation/availability is entirely unearned, I also don’t think this book was written for me. Guy Kawasaki spends a lot of time detailing how to raise venture capital, get...