Category: Writing

Friday humor: Writing sins

I thank my father for forwarding me some laughs on a day when they are needed! Enjoy… +++++++++++++ Church Ladies With Typewriters They’re back! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters, and their church bulletin bloopers. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services. The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes … Read More »

The next novel.

As a gay writer unofficially married to a member of the U.S. military, I’ve been preoccupied with the relationship of art, war, and technology for almost nine months. The idea for my next novel resonates with the past writing I have done about the geopolitics of the Middle East, but is something totally new and … Read More »

The next novel.

As a gay writer unofficially married to a member of the U.S. military, I’ve been preoccupied with the relationship of art, war, and technology for almost nine months. The idea for my next novel resonates with the past writing I have done about the geopolitics of the Middle East, but is something totally new and … Read More »

Author Interview: Ross Goldstein, a 2011 success story

In one of my clients’ biggest success stories of 2011, Mill Valley writer Ross Goldstein landed a film deal for his first novel, Chain Reaction, with Paloma Productions. I learned the news last month, and am delighted to share this interview with all you writers out there who are asking yourself if a well-written novel … Read More »

Holiday gratitude giveaway: Win a literary book bundle!

Dear friends, clients, fellow writers, and readers: In honor of this year’s holiday season, I’d like to say thank you for what you add to my life and editing business, The Threepenny Editor. I count myself lucky beyond reason for the chance to work every day with people who are as committed to books, writing, … Read More »

An open question about speculative fiction.

In an earlier post, I ventured a functional definition of speculative fiction. I said that a manuscript is “speculative” (i.e., fantasy, sci-fi, or anything in between) if it requires the writer to invent a rule or condition for their world that acts as a metaphor for the novel’s theme. In other words: If you make … Read More »

Sunburned, sore, and satisfied

I said I would never run a marathon. Marathons are long, bad for the knees, unnecessarily strenuous, require a lot of training time I don’t have… And as it turns out, they’re a healthy way to feel satisfied with one’s progress. So I ran one. It hurt. And I’m happy about it. My father belongs … Read More »

To love better.

I’m 31 today. Every birthday, I write wishes for the coming year on a slip of paper and then stuff it inside a tiny metal owl on my desk. One of my wishes this year is to love better. I mean love everything better. Not pick it apart as a corporate conspiracy or a self-replicating … Read More »