My China Odyssey

My China Odyssey

For the past year I’ve immersed myself in Chinese culture, reading biographies, histories, novels and articles, even cramming a little Mandarin. My next novel takes place in the Middle Kingdom and I wanted it to feel authentic. Luckily, I live in the age of...
Twitter and the Plague of Insipid Tweets

Twitter and the Plague of Insipid Tweets

One of the problems with power to the people is that a lot of people don’t have anything interesting to say. For a long time I avoided Twitter, afraid that it was riddled with insipid, ridiculous micro-posts.  When I finally got on there I found out I was...
Books on Writing

Books on Writing

Writers read a lot of books about writing. Over time the collective wisdom of these writing books builds up and helps add to unconscious competence.  A book by itself won’t make you a better writer.  It’s as simple as that.  Only working diligently at the...