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11 April 2015 - A Better Person, or a Happy Person?
Do I read The Brothers Karamazov because I should, knowing that I’d gain new insight about the human condition but also dreading the book’s length and density? Do I grab the latest Nicholas Sparks throw-away pulp just to pass the time?
14 February 2015 - Like to Read? Then Have I Got a Book for You ….
We’re launching Brewed Awakenings, the house anthology of Caffeinated Press, on March 1. The inaugural volume of the anthology features eight novelettes written by West Michigan writers.
01 February 2015 - What a Month!
January is already a memory. Wow. Let’s recap some highlights.
27 December 2014 - What Would Impel You to Murder?
What reasons lead a person to deliberately kill another? And what barriers stop us from killing? Authors need to think carefully about the use of murder as a plot point, but everyone benefits by thinking about where their own lines in the sand may blur.
01 December 2014 - A Reflection on Winning #NaNoWriMo
Writing is like sexual metaphors: The less you practice, the more you’ll embarrass yourself when you finally pull out and fumble sheepishly for your pants.
03 December 2013 - Life after #NaNoWriMo 2013
I crossed the 2013 National Novel Writing Month finish line with just above 50,100 words, with 13 hours to spare. This was my third year, but my first “win.”
17 November 2013 - Another Quick Recap
So my participation in National Novel Writing Month is proceeding better than I expected. I’m actually above my target word count for this point in the month, coming in somewhere just north of 27,000 words.
01 September 2013 - The Writing Bug
Duane once told me that he gets an idea. Then it percolates. He thinks he should do something, but doesn’t. Then he gets more ideas, and soon they come in a flood. Then he just has to write. And he does.
25 August 2013 - Bradley Manning and the Politics of Gender Identification
The press, by hopping without question aboard the “she is now Chelsea” bandwagon, puts its own ideological interests ahead of the public good. The situation serves as a bit of a tell in the culture wars: You can infer quite a bit about a publication based on how it handles the Bradley/Chelsea question — whether the point’s ignored, accepted without comment or handled as an alias.
08 April 2013 - What It Means To Be “A Writer”
Writing isn’t a glorious profession. Nor is it a functional description. Rather, it’s an avocation, a way of thinking and acting that recognizes that words mean things and that stringing them together requires inspiration, not just perspiration or aspiration.