“You read how many books a year?!” is usually the response when I tell people I read 52 books a year. Some years it’s more, some years it’s less, but I always aim to read a book a week, every year.[Read more…] about How to read 52 books a year
For the past five years I’ve compiled a list of the best books I’ve read each year. This is the loosest best books list you’ll find on the internet… The only criteria is that I read it in 2019. Many of these books were published outside the year, but I enjoyed them so I’m sharing them here.[Read more…] about The Best Books I Read in 2019
Star Wars fans, we need to talk.[Read more…] about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review – Spoilers
Nothing. Nada. Zip. I’m an author who didn’t publish a single new short story or novel this year. Not even a piece of flash fiction. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re in the same boat, wondering when anyone will notice that you are, in fact, a fraud.[Read more…] about I didn’t publish anything new in 2019. I’m still a writer.
So you’ve written a novel, and now you want to do what? Edit it? Delete words you spent hours carefully piecing together to form a narrative. Why would you want to do that? 😬[Read more…] about How to edit a novel and save your sanity as a writer
“If you have to be a nitwit at least don’t go around with a megaphone.”Dashiell Hammett, The Glass Key
Who doesn’t love the zingy dialogue of classic film noir and hard-boiled novels? Noir is written with a kind of pizazz that doesn’t happen often anymore. Classics like Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep and Sweet Smell of Success all hinge on fantastic banter, with a fair smattering of insults.[Read more…] about How to write a noir insult