Is Fan Fiction a Good Thing?

In my latest Media Carnivores podcast, Erik and I take on the question of whether or not fan fiction is a good or bad thing for the world!

How Do Writers Deal with Failure?

Our latest Media Carnivores podcast, How Do Writers Deal with Failure? Erik and I share embarrassing details about our own failures, but also offer advice on how to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on. (Bonus: hear the story behind The Order of the Poison Oak!).


Here it is! It’s a music video for a song based on my latest book The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know (Russel Middlebrook at age 23). It’s basically the story of Russel and Felicks’ first date (chapter eight in the book). Check it out: How in the world did this music video come […]

Is Amazon Evil (Revisited)?

So in the latest episode of my podcast Media Carnivores (with Erik Hanberg), we return to the age-old question: Is Amazon Evil? An interesting discussion!      

Warning: Don’t Try This at Home! (Writing an Oscar-Nominated Screenplay, That Is)

So it’s that time of year when screenwriting blogs are circulating the “best” screenplays of the year — the ones that will be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars, or ones that were almost nominated. I always have very mixed feelings about this, about whether these screenplays are good example for aspiring writers to read. It’s […]

What’s the Deal with all the A**hole Characters on Cable TV?

So I caught the premiere of season two of Looking last night — the HBO show about a group of gay friends in San Francisco. I didn’t think much of the first season: a bunch of extremely unpleasant characters in storylines that alternated between “way too slight” and “stupid soap opera.” The problems with the […]

Everything I Know About Movie-Making [Podcast Interviews]

So I recently appeared on the podcast of, which is a website that matches aspiring filmmakers with Hollywood insiders. (If you’re looking for that kind of service, I recommend em!) Here’s part 1: And here’s part 2!    

So Where’s This THE THING I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW Music Video?

So in the back of my latest book (The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know), I mention a music video I produced based on the book. So where the heck is it? Not released yet. It’s almost ready, but not quite. We’re finishing the final editing. Plus, I worried that if I released it […]

E-Books Have Changed Everything (And Not Just in the Ways Most People Think!)

So it’s the start of the new year, and I can’t help but think about one big change that’s happened in my life — not just this last year, but over the last few years. I started publishing my books as e-books. And it’s changed EVERYTHING in my career, and not just in the ways […]

Thoughts on the Release of THE THING I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW (My New Book)

Releasing a new book is always cause for anxiety. How will people react? What will the reviews be like? Will the damn thing sell any copies? I’ve been doing this writer-thing long enough that I now know that it’s impossible to predict the answers to those questions beforehand. Last week, I released my tenth novel, […]