First off, sorry for having been away for so long. The usual excuses apply. Anyway, I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of notes to give for this story. It started when I asked myself how Howard Zez would try to finance Dope Dealers From Outer Space, and it occurred to me that since Howard was… Continue reading Notes On “The Ungriftable Howard Zez”
How my new short story, “Two Ways To Say Goodbye To Milford” was written.
“Stanny Couldn’t Make It” came out today in Across the Margins, and, as my practice will be with stories in this series–I’m currently calling it the Zezverse–come out, I have some notes to share about how this story came to be. So, short story trivia fans, prepare to feast. –The fictional movie in the interview, The… Continue reading A Few Behind the Scenes Notes on the Making of Stanny Couldn’t Make It
I don’t write a ton of stuff on literary craft here. (I haven’t blogged a whole lot period in the last couple of months, I know.) But the Twitter chat I had with Ann B. Gelder, who spends a lot more time blogging about craft than I do, should prove of some interest to those… Continue reading Should You Outline Your Next Novel?
While my book is between drafts, I’ve got something else to occupy my time. It’s a new play. What’s it about? I won’t say, but here’s a song that can function as a hint.
The revisions on the new book have been taking it out of me. Even though my editor and I agree that this is necessary and I’m pretty sure I’m headed in the right direction, this book really is in many way terra incognita for me. I keep telling myself that my current level of discomfort is a good thing,… Continue reading In The Midst of Revision
After each performance of Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock, I come out on stage (still in costume) and take audience questions. A question that came up during Sunday matinee, which I’ll paraphrase, was this: Is this play about the Nazis during World War II, or is it a comment on atrocities going on today? Short version of my reply:… Continue reading What Dr. Kritzinger Is All About