If You Want to be a Successful Writer, the Person You Most Need to Please is…

You thought I was going to “yourself,” didn’t you? That’s actually not who I have in mind. Nor is the person you most need to please as a writer “the critics,” or one particular critic. Or even your editor! The person you most need to please is … your reader. Basically, your fans. The people […]

Would You Read This Book? Check Out the Jacket Blurb for my New Novel!

So my next novel, The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know, comes out in December. Here’s the blurb:   I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. Who knew? Russel Middlebrook is twenty-three years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn’t keeping up with the hype. Most […]

Advice for Writers: Almost Every Story is a Mystery!

So here’s what I think makes a good ” mystery” book or movie: an intriguing question is asked at the beginning of a story (typically about a murder, but not always). Over the course of that story, the main character gathers clues. Some of these clues may be dead-ends, but even they help the character […]

Is Anyone Else Sick of “Hopeless” Dystopian Fiction?

Word in the biz is that the dystopian YA fad is finally winding down — and not a minute too soon, IMHO. It’s been a long time since I’ve been blown away by (or even very interested in) a dystopian-themed book, movie, or TV show, and lately I’ve been wondering why. Partly, I think, it’s […]

The Entertainment Industry is Like the Mortgage Industry: Basically Broken

Last year, Michael and I refinanced our house. We have great credit (scores of 780+), a ton of equity, and decent jobs. And the process was A COMPLETE AND ABSOLUTE HELL! They had us jumping through hoop after hoop after hoop, and at several points in the process, we were thinking we’d never get financing […]

What (Exactly) Makes RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK So Good?

Yup, in my latest podcast, that’s what we discuss!

Is Amazon Evil?

Yup, that’s the subject of my latest Media Carnivores podcast. What’s my take? Find out here.  

I’m Doing a Podcast! Hear the Whole Story Behind GEOGRAPHY CLUB, the Movie

So my writer-friend Erik Hanberg and I have started doing a bi-weekly podcast called Media Carnivores wherein we discuss all things media-related: books, movies, and TV, and also whatever’s going on in our own careers as “media entrepreneurs.” Mostly, it’s just an excuse to talk about whatever we want! But this week we discuss the […]

Is George R.R. Martin is the Greatest Bad Writer of All Time (or the Worst Great One)?

I’m reposting this from 2012: So I’ve been struggling my way through A Dance with Dragons, the latest 1000-page book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (the basis for the HBO series A Game of Thrones). Why am I still reading it if it’s a struggle? Because I find this […]

Books I’ve Enjoyed Lately

Here are some of the books I’ve read lately that I’ve really liked: The Bleeding Season by Greg F. Gifune (horror): I’m a fan of horror, but I’m pretty picky about what I like (as I am with all genres). So I was thrilled to find this very disturbing gem, a “classic” of sorts, recently […]