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”
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?
All That Man Is by David Szalay My rating: 2 of 5 stars I kept waiting for the irony to kick in. As I read stories of one white, straight, male, European protagonist after another, I kept waiting for the joke that would make the book’s title pay off. I confess I may have missed… Continue reading Some That Man Might Be?
A maximum of five, to be exact. I’ve got a version of Born Under A Bad Sign uploaded to a secret location on the interwebs, and I’d like the thoughts, impressions, and very souls opinions of a few smart people. There’s no rush. I’m letting the book sit for a few months while I work on other projects, but getting… Continue reading I’m Looking For A Few Good Readers
I haven’t, mainly because I don’t think I ever have included friends, relatives, or acquaintances in any of my work. Any of you who’ve read my works and seen yourselves in them are wrong and should consider speaking to a therapist who specializes in narcissists. Don’t worry. I know a guy. So I never have had to… Continue reading Have Any Of You Lost Friends By Including Them In Your Fiction?
Join my new little discussion group over at Goodreads to dig into the connections between philosophy and fiction. Thinking Fiction 63 members Writers and readers come together to discuss a monthly question that examines the intersections o… Books we’ve read View this group on Goodreads » Share book reviews and ratings with Thinking Fiction, and… Continue reading Thinking Fiction
Scott Southard, keeper of a blog of literary musings, wrote a humorous post on literary genres, and the factionalism they encourage, that got me thinking about how I choose to answer the question “So what do you write?” I generally say “literary fiction.” I can’t not say that. Almost all of my published short stories,… Continue reading I Am An (Anxiety) Dreamweaver