August 23, 2013 • Fiction
Who says television can't be educational? Or, okay, who says non-Sesame Street television can't be educational? Case in point: Family Guy, though nominally just a cartoon about the antics of the hapless Peter Griffin and his family, is actually a treasure trove of insights into the world of literature.
Sure, you could probably figure some of this out by actually reading books, but this is the age of meta-culture! Here are the top ten lessons that Family Guy imparts.
August 22, 2013 • Fiction
July 15, 2013 • Fiction, Humor, On Writing
I am trying to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. So are a few thousand other people in the Camp NaNoWriMo program. Why? The reasons vary. I suspect brain damage to be very high on the list.
And yet, I find myself hating the experience only about 75% as much as I thought I would. In fact, so far I’ve found it to be quite enlightening. Because the pressure to vomit out a thousand words or so every day has driven me to develop a number of, well, let’s call them “techniques” that help keep the ol’ word count ticking upwards. These are just variations on time-honored methods that great authors have used throughout history, but not everybody knows about them (I didn’t). So I thought I’d share them here, in the hopes that they’ll help you add bulk to your next big writing project, whatever it might be.
July 12, 2013 • Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Photos by Marian Hammond
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars came out July 2nd, one week before my birthday, and what a week it was—lots of fun press, a great book release at Powell’s and a great party afterward (featuring the world’s best cake courtesy of the world’s best spouse), watching the online buzz grow, and so on.
I thought I’d hit the high Monday the 8th, when Google Trends Manager Kevin Allocca appeared on the Today show and named my little book as the reason why Google had seen an upturn in searches for “Star Wars” over the weekend. But then, later that day, my editor Jason Rekulak from Quirk Books called me and told me there was a decent chance I would end up on the New York Times bestseller list.