Friday Links #30: Purell is a Fetish

Rather than give an update about my novel or recent life events, I want to tell you about the book Siracusa by Delia Ephron. I spend Wednesdays in the library, hunched over a desk, noise-canceling headphones on, polishing a scene I intend to share with my critique group later that night. Sometimes, if I’m running early, I’ll browse Read More …

Friday Links #29: Tai-Pan and the Perfect Reading Weather

I don’t normally complain about the Seattle area weather, unless it’s to exaggerate the gloominess of it in a public setting to further dissuade the masses from moving to the region. Yes, yes, it does rain every day. All year round–and traffic is so bad, our cars grow moss during the morning commute. Honestly. Stuff Read More …

Friday Links #27: Half-Price Books

I had a problem. My car sat idling outside the waiting room as my keys were dangled in front of me on the outstretched arm of the smiling clerk at Discount Tire. The new rubber was installed and I was supposed to leave, but I hadn’t finished the book I was reading. I wasn’t close, I Read More …

Friday Links #25 – A DRM-Free Snapshot in Time

I spent the bulk of yesterday taking a trip down memory lane. The destination: my long-forgotten iTunes folder, home to hundreds of CDs I ripped and countless songs I downloaded. Steinbeck was wrong: you can go home again. Since shifting my listening habits entirely to Spotify several years ago — and the subsequent death of Read More …

Friday Links #24: The New Year Started Already

Maybe it’s burn out. Maybe it’s just the end-of-year distractions, the weather, or the promise of having a clean slate arriving on the first of January (funny how the fresh start that is every waking morning doesn’t carry the same heft). Whatever the reason, the end-of-year blues are spreading. To me, to others in my critique group, and Read More …

Friday Links #23: Musical Angst Gone Missing

We risked a snowy drive home from the city last night to attend a black box, low-rent performance of American Idiot at the theater equivalent of a dive bar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. It was as far from Broadway as you could get and still be called theater. Which isn’t to say it was bad. Some Read More …

Friday Links #22: Two Book Announcements

I logged onto KDP last week and noticed that Amazon had added the option to (relatively) painlessly offer existing Kindle eBooks as paperbacks. The program is still in beta stage and currently doesn’t offer the ability to receive proof copies, order wholesale (author) copies, or allow you to make the paperback available on non-Amazon websites, Read More …

Friday Links #21 – My Puppy Partner

We interrupt our normally scheduled programming for a potty break. Please find your preferred plot of grass quickly so we may continue. After months of doling out pros and deleting cons, my wife and I decided it was time to welcome a new puppy into our home. So last Saturday we drove out to Port Orchard and promptly Read More …

Friday Links #20 – Freedom From Distractions

Today I’m going to tell you about one of the best purchases I’ve made in quite some time. It wasn’t expensive, nor was it something tangible that I can photograph and show you. Actually, I really wouldn’t even call it a purchase. It’s more like an investment. In myself. In eliminating distractions. It’s called the Freedom Read More …