There’s been a fascinating moment happening on Twitter as relates to advice on writing. Really as relates to advice on advice. … More Advice on (Writing) Advice
During the next six weeks, while this year’s Odyssey Workshop class toils, those of us who aren’t this year’s lucky contestants can play along at home with an unofficial writing challenge … … More The Odyssey Challenge
That moment when you realize all the trees in your neighborhood have ploufed into clouds of green and it really is now spring. … More Things Are Getting Ploufy
I recently sent a friend several Spotify playlists I created. She could play them but, in her words, couldn’t figure out how to save them. Here’s the simple instructions and some thoughts on saving vs. following. … More How Do I . . . Save a Shared Playlist on Spotify?
You know what more offices should engage in? A national Bring Your Lightsaber to Work Day.
I’m not not-advocating for casual Fridays, or dogs in the office, or kitchens where people can stand the smell long enough to eat. All those things are great. But honestly, a periodic lightsaber battle between co-workers really brightens up cubical living. … More Bring Your Lightsaber to Work Day
If you’re a Kdrama fan like I’m a Kdrama fan, I know you’ve wondered about the prevalence of metal chopsticks. I have several sets of my own, requested as Christmas gifts because that’s what they use on TV and here is the appropriate Amazon link and they’re dishwasher safe it’s awesome. But sooner or later some … More You’re a Kdrama Fan, I Know You’ve Wondered About the Metal Chopsticks
I went to the grocery store the other morning. The guy working in produce (training another guy) says hi. We do the whole normal “how are you? — good, how are you?” exchange. Which is pretty much par for the course. Actually, it’s an above average interaction as far as my usual browse-the-green-leaf-and-on-sale-broccoli-crowns interactions go. Then … More Holy Cow, I Stink At This Flirting Thing
Back before I had to have a professional persona, I used to think personality was king when it came to blogging. That’s not entirely true. Content was king. But content is only interesting in one of two ways: (1) you’re saying something relevant and informative and ideally it’s new information and/or clearly stated, or (2) you’re saying something old but with such personality and flair that people want to read you just for the fun of it. … More Being Professional vs. Being Interesting: Why I Changed and Am Changing My Persona
The clearest explanation of the differences between fantasy and surrealism I’ve yet to see comes from Ursula K. Le Guin’s essay “The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists.” … More 3 Steps to Tell Surrealism from Fantasy Fiction
Thankfully, the definition of speculative fiction simple: Speculative fiction is any storytelling possessing elements that aren’t feasible based on modern technology or elements that cannot be explained by modern science. … More What Is ‘Speculative Fiction’ and How Do We Define It?