Hail Apathy, Fail Democracy

  Dear America, I don’t know your political affiliation, race, religion or gender, and frankly I don’t care. If you’re a human being and you live in this country, I’ll assume that you want (at least to some degree) the three things Americans are famous for wanting: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Living … Continue reading

On Public Speaking: Killer Clowns and Wedding Toasts

I always love when people quote some variation of the above statistic, because it never ceases to amuse me that anyone could EVER be more terrified of public speaking than they are of zombies, clowns, or the dark. But it’s a truth universally recognized—at least in America—that people are more afraid of giving a presentation in public than … Continue reading

On Writing: Taking Back the Action

On Writing: Taking Back the Action

  ***PSA: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***   Attention, writers of the world:   Please, for the love of all that is both holy and unholy. STOP. OUTSOURCING. YOUR ACTION. When you use supporting characters (or worse, extras) to advance too much of your plot, you water down the motives and dampen the effect. Like hiring a … Continue reading

Why WHIPLASH was a Better BDSM Flick than FIFTY SHADES

There’s been a lot of online discussion lately–and I use the term “discussion” very loosely here–about the recent FSOG release–*snigger*–and whether or not it’s a steamy chick flick with a dark side, or a PSA for the understated pleasures of domestic abuse. Camps on all sides are adamant, and verbose, in their arguments supporting the “rightness”/”wrongness” of … Continue reading

“Fear of Falling” by Veronica Park

What do they always say, when you’re climbing high? “Don’t look down.” Why do they say it? Does it really matter? Does it make a difference where you’re looking, as long as you keep moving, keep climbing in the right direction? And what will happen if you ignore the warning, and look down? Will you … Continue reading

What to Wear to a Job Interview (and WHY)

If you google the phrase “what to wear to a job interview,” you’ll get pages and pages of helpful links. If you click on the images tab, you’ll see that some helpful folks over on Pinterest have even put together entire boards (usually for women, since let’s be honest: guys don’t have quite as many … Continue reading

Introducing…The Spring 2014 “NanoRedo” Showcase!

Dear Writer Friends, You may have noticed of late that my blog is slightly balding. This is not due to apathy, but is an unfortunate side-effect of my multi-career hubris and its accompanying workload. Also, I’m kind of missing the awesomeness and joy that was brought on by my last series, “When Writers Go Wrong.” Therefore, I … Continue reading