Here's another passage I had to cut from The Grievers when I changed Charley's job from being a teacher to being a human dollar sign. Of course, I probably would have cut this passage regardless. I think it's a little to "meta," since Charley and his students are discussing his life as if it's a…Read more A Kind of Jesus Figure
This is one of my favorite Monty Python sketches. I always think about it whenever I sit down to write. Click here to read the script! PS: Happy birthday, Mom!
Here's another passage that didn't make the cut because it was a little too close to my own life. I also wasn't entirely enamored with the use of "you" in this one. It struck me as if the narrator were trying uncharacteristically hard to be chummy with the reader. The Teaching Assistant The only reason…Read more The Teaching Assistant
In case anyone missed it, On the Media did a great episode on the publishing industry this week. Among the topics covered are the tension between Amazon.com and the publishing industry, how publishing and reading are changing, the lack of a Pulitzer for fiction this year, and the trouble with "knockoff" books. Here's a link:…Read more Publishing: Adapt or Die – On The Media
Big thanks to Curt Smith for his glowing review of The Grievers in Prime Number: A Journal of Distinctive Poetry and Prose. The piece also includes an interview in which I opine on various topics including whether or not a heat gun is a power tool.
The elevator pitch can be more than a marketing tool. In fact, it can be the star that guides you through the countless rounds of revision you do before the manuscript goes in front of an agent or editor -- and the countless more you'll do after it's been accepted for publication.
Here's another passage I cut because of the reference to Charley's students and also because it had more to do with my own life than Charley's. With subsequent revisions, I got increasingly better at inventing a life for Charley and separating my life from his. In terms of story, these cuts allow the narrative to…Read more “That’s a Junkie”