Writing

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Being a novelist is a terrible way to make a living. […]

Dear Mr. Ellison,

It’s an odd yet common occurrence, isn’t it, that something is never truly appreciated until it’s gone. […]

Of Fiction and Ferrets: Part Three – The Ferret Mystery

Note: Everything in this story is true. Even the part about the ferret peering into my darkened room. […]

Of Fiction and Ferrets: Part One – The Weaseling Writer

I can’t speak for every author, of course, but I think it’s safe to say that most writers weasel their way into their stories one way or another. […]

The Power of Art

I’ve never doubted the effect art can have upon the world, or to each of us individually, especially myself. […]

A Strange Pleasure

I get a strange pleasure from making readers cry. Or ponder, or fear, or laugh, if that be the case. […]

How Do You Come Up With This Crap?

A writer never knows from where or when an idea may come. While my wife and I were on a road trip through Northern Arizona, […]

That Contentious Semicolon!

You wouldn’t think that a topic as innocuous as punctuation could illicit the slightest opinion or criticism. And yet… […]

The Genre Game

There are a lot of things to love about living here in the the Northwest. One of them is the Seattle International Film Festival. It’s a great way to escape the predictable regurgitation Hollywood forever lives up to. […]

Get Your Own Ideas, Pal!

A few months back I went on about originality: how truly original ideas are rare, and how most of us creative types find inspiration in what’s come before, imprinting our own style and world-view onto what’s already been done. And that’s okay. […]