Over dinner with a few writers the conversation evolved to a discussion of agents. Two present had met agents through local writers conferences. Both were invited to submit writing samples. Neither heard from the agents. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the story. Here’s what I’ve gleaned about the matchmaking business that occurs at … Continue reading Casting Calls and Writers Conferences
It usually starts like this. “I’d really like to read your work.” This comes from a casual acquaintance, someone who wants to read what I write. Me in particular. I don’t know why. They know me from the office or the gym. They aren’t people with whom I feel a deep spiritual kinship. They’re casual … Continue reading Perilous Ground
A friend recently suggested that I look at Evan Williams' new enterprise, Medium. He's the guy who started Blogger, which was absorbed into Google, after which he moved on to create Twitter. I took a quick look at Medium and decided to pass. It requires that participants sign in through a third party, e.g., Twitter. … Continue reading Connecting?
Anyone else out there a little bit weary with literary fiction written in the first person? I’ve wondered if I were the only one tired of the “me” voice. My search on the terms “first person overdone” yielded a thoughtful piece by Alexander Steele, President of the Gotham Writers Workshop. Here’s what he said in … Continue reading Is the First-Person Voice Overused?
A couple months ago I attended the Portland Roadster Show. Yeah. I'm only just now posting this. The show was held at the Expo Center, which on that day was conveniently hosting a Gun and Knife Show. We limited our visit to the cars. I've never understood why people attend these events. The Expo Center … Continue reading Roadsters and Beauty Queens
This past weekend I was at the Oregon Coast for a small workshop sponsored by Oregon Writers Colony. I had the pleasure of meeting Laura Stanfill, the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, a Portland-based small press focusing on literary and “quiet” fiction. This was my introduction to the challenges and opportunities facing small presses. The … Continue reading Publishing in Oregon Territory
Yesterday I went to the Jewish Community Center where I often work out. As I was climbing onto a piece of cardio equipment an aging gentleman started a conversation. I got the vibe immediately. I haven’t had it in a long while owing to my age, so it’s no surprise that, as always, the guy … Continue reading Geriatric Pick-Up Scene