Monthly Archives: January 2012

100-Day Novel Challenge: Week Two




I’m now two weeks into writing my new novel from scratch.  I still haven’t come up with names for the characters — they’re still just letters of the alphabet.  This is probably a good thing because writing their names out … Continue reading

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100-Day Novel Challenge: Week One




I’m now a week into the challenge of writing the first draft of a new novel.  If I don’t have it written by April 25, I’ve pledged to fork over $100 to an institution devoted to denying gays and lesbians … Continue reading

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A Draft by April 25 — Or I’m Donating To A Charity I Hate




As many of you know, I’m looking forward to publishing my second novel, “You Are Here,” by this summer. I now find myself itching to tackle a new project. But what to write? What characters, what plot to create? And … Continue reading

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Thank You, Clive Matson




If my new novel gets off the ground, I’ll owe part of the success to the generosity of so many Bay Area writers who have provided me with an open forum in which I can read drafts of my work … Continue reading

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Spam Spam Spam




Since I’ve started adding posts to this blog I’m now getting inundated with spam — over 200 just yesterday.  It feels like such a waste to throw it all out.  Luckily, my friend Dan Cohen, a.k.a. The Sixty-Second Gourmet, has … Continue reading

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Best Sweet Potatoes Ever




Readers of “The Love Thing” can probably guess that one of my passions is food.  I had originally planned to make all the recipes Greg attempts in the book, but as Greg’s ambition began to grow, he left me behind.  … Continue reading

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The Importance of Reading Aloud




While editing the new book I’ve been doing something I wish I’d done more of when I was editing “The Love Thing” — reading the work aloud.  Luckily for me, the Bay Area, where I live, is home to at … Continue reading

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