The Best Hookers

A couple of years ago I signed up for an Algonkian writer’s workshop.  I was interested in the workshop because I wanted to see how my writing stood up to the scrutiny of others, but also because I wanted to see what the competition looked like:  What were other first-time novelists writing about?  How captivating were … Read more

The Journey Is the Reward

I have to keep telling myself that.  Over and over.  It’s become my Writer’s Mantra: “The journey is the reward.”  (My second choice for a mantra would be “Success is the best revenge,” but I’m still working on the success part.) I’ve recently had a stretch of good road (figuratively speaking, of course. Here in … Read more

Getting Laid

Like your mother always said, people judge you by how you look and speak, and if you mispronounce words or make grammar mistakes, lots of people (including your prospective boss, or that really cute guy at Starbucks) may assume that you are poorly educated (and possibly, just not very smart.) When you submit a manuscript … Read more