Friday Links #28: Beyond Memoir

I gave a talk to the South Jersey Writer’s Group last Thursday night about my transition from wannabe travel writer to novelist. The presentation, Beyond Memoir: Let Travel Inspire Your Fiction, was a natural topic for me to wax knowledgeable on, and I was happy to see people taking notes and asking plenty of questions — 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 …