Monthly Archives: July 2012

I just quit my job to pursue writing full-time! I know that’s insane in this economy right. But I have to tell you, writing that resignation effective immediately email felt pretty awesome. Also scary, it’s true, but mostly awesome.  Here is the thing: I’ve wanted to find a way to make a living writing fiction for as long as I can remember. But since I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in… Read More

I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret. I don’t use soap or shampoo. None, zero, nada. Just water nothing else. And guess what, I look and smell better than I did when I used those products regularly. You should try it. I had heard awhile back, from a few different places on the internet, about a quiet but adamant group of people who stopped using soap and shampoo and found… Read More

I came to realize that the only things that really mattered in a screenplay were momentum and clarity. . . .  Subtlety was too much like vagueness, and in a script nothing vague can survive. You had to search and search until you found a story’s irreducible thread: a man on the run from a killer, a young girl growing into a woman, a victim seeking revenge. If the movie was about… Read More

I am considering signing up for the Willamette Writer’s conference. It’s in August, basically a few dozen literary agents, and a surprisingly large amount of studio film producers convene at a Sheraton out by the PDX airport and for an exorbitant amount of money you can go and pitch them your book or film. As an aspiring writer going to this should be a no-brainer, right? But I have long been wary… Read More

You know you’re a bad blogger when it’s been so long since you updated your blog that you forget the domain name. Just now I went to update my blog and had a momentary panic when I realized it had been so long since I posted that I couldn’t remember the web address to sign in to my own blog. I tried to sign in on a platform called Blogger for awhile… Read More