NOTE: This column is the first in the series “Freelance Secrets” By Calvin Hennick Study the writers’ guidelines for most major publications, and you’re likely to find three little, daunting words: “No calls, please.” Ignore them. If you’re looking to break into a publication as a freelance writer, it won’t earn you any points to […]
Some of our country’s greatest novels are about seriously broken family relationships and tragically flawed personalities. Given that, it makes sense for one to look to their own family as a source of inspiration to write great fiction, but what are the boundaries and taboos? Which stories are fair game vs. ones that should never […]
Nothing says Thanksgiving like the trifecta of food, driving, and the car-stereo. Steve Macone‘s essay “Who’s Walking Who” puts it all together–especially if you listen to it in this audio recording published on The Drum in October of 2011. Listen as Macone recounts his travails as he shops for the ingredients for sweet-potato pie. Enjoy […]
by Kirby Pendergast You are about to be tested. The creators of a new form of intelligence test are still refining their product. However, they have already found ample evidence that the test can diagnose extremes. A very low score indicates low ability. A high score is proof of very high intelligence. Would you try to […]
Blog in Progress: Lessons from Little America (Or, How to Survive – and Thrive – on a DIY Book Tour)
1. Publish with a mighty independent press that creates a beautiful book whose cover warms your heart every time you look at its green and yellow glow. It is very important that you feel this way, as there will be days you’ll need that green and yellow glow to carry you through eleven hours of […]
Ah, Pinterest. Facebook is the popular kid, Twitter is the cool kid, LinkedIn is the guy with a bowtie handing out business cards, and Google+ is the dorky one over in the corner—but when it comes to social media, most of us don’t give Pinterest a second thought.
Maybe we should.
“I refuse to write for more people than I can listen to.” That quote, from the poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, has been tacked to my writing wall for years now, as a beacon. A guiding principle. Every now and then it becomes less theoretical, more practical – and therefore more of a challenge. A test, […]
It’s almost that time. Next week, we stuff ourselves to bursting and look toward the flash and familial insanity that ends the year with an overabundance of tinsel, torn wrapping paper, and midnight champagne toasts. For many of us, it feels bittersweet, especially because this time of year is so haunted with the people, places, […]
I feel this sinking sense of dread and tingle of regret almost every time I publish something. Happiness and thrill are replaced by doom. Why do I let this happen? Why get hit with this wave of irrational regret again? I can’t help it.
Four books arrived in the mail last week. I need new books because I’m going to spend Thanksgiving with my grandkids in California. Since I hate airplane travel, I never look forward to this biannual trip, although it does oblige me to sit still for five hours straight, the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading. I slit the cellophane wrap with a kitchen knife and lift out the precious volumes chosen for Los Angeles, 2013.
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