The 3 Weirdest Work Experiences I’ve Had, Part II

Thank you for waiting patiently for Part II of this article. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please feel free to transport over to the first part of this article right here.) These two very short stories are about people, and the things I learned from them. In college, I worked in customer … Continue reading The 3 Weirdest Work Experiences I’ve Had, Part II

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Failing Loud and Proud

I attended a panel at a writers’ festival today, and I heard something that really struck a chord with me. “Don’t compare yourself to other writers,” one of the panelists said. “In this age of social media, where everyone celebrates their successes publicly, it’s easy to just see those. No one blogs about their failures, … Continue reading Failing Loud and Proud

Book Review: The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell

The Maid’s Version appeared last fall, Daniel Woodrell’s followup to Winter’s Bone (2006) and the acclaimed short-story collection The Outlaw Album (2011). Winter’s Bone had taken the breath out of a literary world grown content with the divide between “commercial fiction” and “serious literature.” The novel achieved the rarest of literary feats, offering an accessible … Continue reading Book Review: The Maid’s Version, by Daniel Woodrell

The 3 Weirdest Work Experiences I’ve Had, Part I

Everyone has weird work experiences, and mine are some of my favorite stories to tell. If you've met me in person, there's a good chance you have heard at least one of these stories. I won't go into the old food and miscellany I've found pressed between the pages of library books, or the magical … Continue reading The 3 Weirdest Work Experiences I’ve Had, Part I

The Dream Room

I’ve dreamed about my ideal room many years now. It’s an all-in-one theatrette, library and lounge. Probably a bedroom as well. (Who needs a bed when you have a comfy couch?) I don’t need any fancy architecture. A plain rectangular room will do me just fine. It has high ceilings and polished wooden floors with … Continue reading The Dream Room

How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

I've learned a few things from being the editor of the Nose. My goal is to help writers write regularly, and learn how to work with an editor. I've also learned a lot about how to work with writers along the way. This is written to other editors who might want to put a blog … Continue reading How to Keep Bloggers Happy: An Editor’s Guide

The Three Weirdest Ways I Was Ever Asked Out

There are people who stay with you through your life. Through time and tide, you always find yourself going back and drawing on their memories. Not for support. Not for insight. Not even for humor.They are people who blow quickly into your life, and breezily leave just as fast, leaving a giant "What the hell … Continue reading The Three Weirdest Ways I Was Ever Asked Out

Early Mornings

I’ve never been an early morning person before. It’s just too much effort to wake up early. Not to mention, most of my friends are nocturnal creatures. But when I returned from France, I found that jetlag was dragging me back into the land of the conscious at 5am in the morning. Yes. FIVE. AM. … Continue reading Early Mornings

The “Family Thrillers” Shelf

Want to make a successful novelist squirm? Ask her to shelve her own novel at the bookstore. Kelly Braffet (Save Yourself), Carla Buckley (The Deepest Secret), Jenny Milchman (Ruin Falls), and Therese Walsh (The Moon Sisters) have craft skills galore, street-smarts, and publishing contracts with “Big Five” companies--success by any definition. Their passion to reach … Continue reading The “Family Thrillers” Shelf

Neighbors

It was June of 1998 when I moved to the small town of Latrobe, PA, population almost 9,000. I'd just bought a nice brick house with a fenced-in yard for my dog, about four minutes from my job. It had room for a vegetable garden, and I didn’t mind that it backed up to a … Continue reading Neighbors