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  • April 6, 2015 • Experiments, On Writing • Views: 77

    Interactive Fiction Experiment: Write or Drink?

    As many of you know, I’m a sucker for crowd-driven writing jags (hence, my annual NaNoWriMo addiction, Wattpad, etc.), so when I learned about Twiny Jam from BoingBoing today, I leapt-to and began constructing my first interactive...

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  • March 23, 2015 • Culture Dept., On Writing, Wine | Epicurea| Sonoma • Views: 160

    My Appearances as an Unknown Sonoma County Author

    My month of local appearances (judging the Five Minute Film Festival; speaking on branding one’s byline at the Storyteller’s Conference and Expo, emceeing the North Bay Bohemian’s Best Of 2015 awards gala) concludes this...

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  • November 11, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 360

    Fictional Universe as Personal Niche

    I distinctly remember the bright day in front of the Fig, ten years ago, when an editor lamented my fate as a “generalist.” That is to say, I was a writer without a particular niche. I had breadth in many subjects but depth in none,...

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  • October 16, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 477

    3 Brilliant Reasons to Serialize Your Novel

    The revolution will be serialized. As it’s always been. Much of episodic entertainment, from our favorite shows on Netflix or premium cable to the summertime superhero blockbusters, are issued in discrete elements that comprise a whole...

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  • “A reviewer may hate your style, or newspapers may neglect you, or 500 people may tell you that you are bitter, delusional and boring. Let me ask you this: in the big juicy Zorba scheme of things, who fucking cares?”– Anne Lamott

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  • July 8, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 522

    New Web Serial, The Quantum Times, Hits Newstands

    When you say “web serial” out loud, it sounds like Spiderman’s breakfast. It’s a shame the term is so dopey because what stands for is a quiet revolution in publishing that proves the adage “everything old is new again.” It...

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  • June 7, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 605

    Letter Frequency in Words: The Infographic

    Prooffreader.com, apart from having a clever name (look more closely) also produces clever infografics. Seeing the distribution of English letters within words graphed so clearly might inspire a re-evaluation of the QWERTY...

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  • May 31, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 576

    Jonah Raskin, poet, nudist

    Sonoma County’s own cartographer of the NorCal soul, Jonah Raskin, forever changed the local lit scene last week when he doffed his clothes whilst performing his poetry. The 71-year-old was cheered on during the BUMP Wine Cellars event....

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  • March 7, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 1457

    Philip Marlowe is from Santa Rosa and So am I

    This haunts me — Philip Marlowe, the hardboiled detective of author Raymond Chandler’s oeuvre is 42-years-old and was born in Santa Rosa, CA. If I wasn’t such a fan, these fictional factoids would be of little interest to me. But I...

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  • February 6, 2014 • On Writing • Views: 1583

    Newport’s Law

    Cal Newport elaborates on the perils of following one’s passion in this interesting chat for 99u....

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