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Archived Since:April 2, 2008

Blog Post Archive

If you have trouble sleeping, try this (non-drug) method

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

As somebody who suffers at times from insomnia, I've always been on the lookout for solutions. Taking melatonin at bedtime makes little, if any, difference. I still take it because a doctor I trust told me it may help stave...

An epidemic of word conflation!

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There seems to be an epidemic of word conflation: "China and Russia Will Takeover Economic Lead" "How this model can takeoff" "Become an e-learning rockstar" (recognized as one word in the Urban Dictionary, otherwise it's rock star). And a few...

The first sensible thing I've ready about the Sony hack and movie

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

North Koreans (or somebody very much like them...) hacked into Sony's systems and revealed emails that upset a bunch of high-paid executives, producers and actors. Boo hoo. In response to a vague threat of violence by the same people, all...

Free? No, I'll pay, I insist!

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Senate Select Committee report on torture by the US is available free in PDF form, but Techdirt.com reports that it's selling rather briskly in a $2.99 Kindle version anyway. You can read PDFs on a Kindle but many people...

Irony, headlines, and the ugly 'below'

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

IRONY 1: How's this for irony: Che Guevarra's son is offering motorcycle tours of Cuba in honor of his father's love of motorcycles (as shown in the film, Motorcycle Diaries). The nine-day tour goes for $5,800, flights not included. I...

What's happened to Smokey the Bear? (Random Sunday thoughts)

3 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Do you remember Smokey the Bear from your school days? Friendly-looking bear teaching you to be careful not to start forest fires? Look at him now: The glassy eyes, the vacant stare-what do you think, drugs? And what's with the...

This kind of letter makes it all worthwhile...

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A couple of my books have been translated into Russian, and today I received an email from St. Petersburg that reminded that even though very few authors get rich from the royalties, there are other things that make writing books...

How Nick Hornby deals with the long process from script to film

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It can take ages for a screenplay to become a film and of course a lot of times the production never happens. Nick Hornby, whose most recent adaptation is Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, deals with it by using the time...

One director's take on "write what you know"

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Director Michael Haneke is interviewed in the current issue of Paris Review. This is what he said when asked whether drawing on your own experience and background is good or necessary: "I’ve never seen good results from people trying to...

What genre did people read most in 2014?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Apple has released a list of the best-selling paid fictionebook titles in iBookstore in 2014. Other sellers will be revealing their own lists shortly. Fiction (paid): The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (Children & Teens) Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn...

Life is what happens while you're making other plans...(quick personal update)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A few people have been kind enough to inquire whether the gap in my recent posts means something is wrong. Nothing terrible, it's just that sometimes life fails to pay attention to our plans. In this case, I had to...

Sunday thought: does your writing path have heart?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"When his apprentice wants to know which route he should choose, the Yaqui brujo answers, "Any path is only a path...All paths are the same: they all lead nowhere. The only important question you must ask is: 'Does this path...

Sunday thought: The writing game is a long game

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"When once a decision is reached and execution is the order of the day, dismiss absolutely all responsibility and care about the outcome. Unclamp, in a word, your intellectual and practical machinery, and let it run free; then the service...

John Steinbeck's Six Tips On Writing: Six

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Fall 1975 issue of Paris Review featured an interview with novelist John Steinbeck. He won the Pulitzer Prize and was a Nobel laureate, and The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men are still required reading in many...

Sunday thought: the circle of freedom & you

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"Freedom is cumulative. One choice made with an element of freedom makes even greater freedom possible for the next choice. Each exercise of freedom enlarges the circle of oneself." - Rollo May I think this applies to what we write....

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number five

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Sunday Quote: We (writers) must make mistakes

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"We must make our experiments. We must make mistakes. We must live out our own vision of life. And there will be error. If you avoid error, you do not live." --Carl Jung It's possible that nobody will want to...

Why it's a good idea to read your writing out loud

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

One of the most common writing tips is: read your writing out loud (or listen as someone else reads it). This headline is a good example of why that's a good idea: Jessica Ennis-Hill Sent Vile Rape Threats Over Ched...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number four

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

Kurt Vonnegut's tips for writing with style: number three

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Years ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an article sponsored by the International Paper Company, on how to write with style. He intended it mainly for writers of non-fiction, but the tips apply equally to novelists or short story writers. I'm featuring...

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