NNWM/10: Outlines: Yay or Nay?

As much as I’ve talked about NaNoWriMo, I’ve focused a lot on the novel itself but have devoted very little time to the actual writing of said novel. And it’s that writing process that people ask me about more than anything else, so I thought I’d devote a couple of paragraphs to that. The questionContinue reading “NNWM/10: Outlines: Yay or Nay?”

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You, Me and Fido Makes Three

Yesterday, we ventured into Portland despite the threat of a big windstorm. We were craving a quintessential Portland Saturday, which meant we had to start out the day waiting in line more than an hour for brunch. On purpose. Because that’s what goes down in the Rose City on weekends. Portlandia devoted an entire episode toContinue reading “You, Me and Fido Makes Three”

Meet Your Next Reality TV Star…

…me! Or at least I could be, based on the email I received this morning. Hey Mark! Bray Entertainment, the Co-Creators of Pawn Stars, is casting and developing a new documentary TV series about the real life Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Vacation Movies. We are looking for an entertaining and charismatic dad, like you, who is alwaysContinue reading “Meet Your Next Reality TV Star…”

Not Grandmother Approved

I’ve come up with a new marketing slogan for my novel, No Time For Kings. NOT GRANDMOTHER APPROVED. Both my grandmother and Tara’s read the book, and while it’s received very positive reviews from the majority of readers – including glowing recommendations in San Francisco Book Review and Portland Book Review – neither of ourContinue reading “Not Grandmother Approved”

How The Number 14 Changed My Life

Do you believe in numerology? Up until recently I’d dismissed it as nothing more than grasping at straws, a desperate attempt at assigning order and meaning to what is nothing more than random chaos. Humans, by nature, look for patterns where there are none. This is how optical illusions work. The idea that there mightContinue reading “How The Number 14 Changed My Life”

I’m Not Famous! But I’ll Take The Ego Boost.

Yikes! I didn’t mean to go five days without blogging. I don’t think I’ve done that all year. You’d think I’ve been busy or something! Well, the truth is, I’ve been busy. Or something. Not just busy figuring out which beer I might possibly like (edge: India Pale Ale, maybe). I’ve also been wandering throughContinue reading “I’m Not Famous! But I’ll Take The Ego Boost.”