Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Book giveaway! (You heard me — a free book.) The contest starts NOW!

I’m giving away a copy of Parts Unknown this week. It’s a hardback, and I’ll inscribe it to the winner too. Folks, this is a $10 value (see sidebar), and … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 35 Comments

Author readings: do we have to?

Have author readings just about run their course as a meaningful exercise? Don’t know about you, but I stopped going to them some time ago. I started to find them … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 6 Comments

A thousand words: illustrating the novel to attract readers

The reality of it is that books — novels, I mean — are competing with all other “entertainment” media, including You Tube, Twitter, video games, pop music, movies, television, and … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 6 Comments

The omen

  This giant X appeared in the sky over my house yesterday. Should I be concerned?  

June 9, 2013 · 13 Comments

Hit man

I spotted this on Boing Boing earlier in the week and thought it would make a perfect musical diversion for the weekend. It’s odd and postmodern, in a cheesy kind … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Canine Christ figure?

A disturbing sight the other day, while we were out hiking. On a busy trail heading back to the park HQ, we spotted a dog with a Safeway bag of … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 4 Comments


My wife has brought home a shampoo that makes my head smell like a Junior Mint. This is not a problem.

June 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

This made me happy

Boy, these goyls are sure limber! (via Boing Boing)

June 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Advice from novelist Ian McEwan on ideas and inspiration

You can hear Ian McEwan wax drolly on about his writing method and habits in a series of YouTube clips, but I identified strongly with something he talks about in … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Outlining your novel before you write it

I was thinking about outlines this morning, when Alec Nevala-Lee happened to do a post on that very topic, and that reminded me of a piece I saw the other … Continue reading

June 5, 2013 · 12 Comments