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...
Famous Rejection Letters to Make You Feel Better

Famous Rejection Letters to Make You Feel Better

Sometimes you get a rejection letter that just makes you want to quit.  I usually don’t stress about query letters that get rejected.  I spent a lot of time perfecting my most recent query letter and I’ve gotten good response to it.  It’s the...
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...