The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

What words get shared on social media – and what doesn’t?

Publicity and marketing, including social media, is like the Wild West. Just about anybody can call themselves a Social Media Ninja (although they shouldn’t) and get away with it, especially … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

Bulletproof skin and other insane inventions

This isn’t science fiction, or something dreamed up by Stan Lee back in 1962. An artist teamed up with scientists to (1) weave artificial spider silk, (2) grow real cells … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

This is not a photo, I kid you not

Listen: I know enough about photography to be dangerous. (See related posts: The Nikon D-50 of Infinite Beauty and Pieces of the World) HOWEVER: shooting great photos with a Nikon of Infinite Beauty is … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Why this man is joining the RWA

It wouldn’t be a shock for me to join the International Thriller Writers, since I just wrote a thriller that won some award and have done 5.83 zillion profiles of … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 5 Comments

SAFETY DANCE by Men Without Hats is insanely classic

This has every element you could possibly want from an ’80s music video: (1) a thumping synth beat, (2) a lead singer with a vague accent (Montreal!) who looks like … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

Some of my favorite editors OF ALL TIME

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. So come closer and listen to what I’ve learned from experience: Editors are a writer’s best friend. Not when they’re … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 21 Comments

Great writing tips from reddit, of all places

Oh, there’s gold buried in here.  Scroll through this post on writing and you’ll find all sorts of useful bits. Wonderful stuff. Also, reddit is the rabbit hole of the Series of … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 2 Comments