WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Writing for writing’s sake

I think this is where I find myself at this late date: writing for writing’s sake. For decades now, I’ve been writing with the goal of publishing and attracting readers … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paxson’s passion

Good friend of the blog, Mark Paxson, has a new book out, everyone. It’s called The Dime, and it tells the story of three young people in an upstate New … Continue reading

June 26, 2021 · 1 Comment

A writer’s dilemma …

I don’t want you to think that I’m only going to write about politics from now on, so here’s a writing post.  Writers face a lot of conundrums and have … Continue reading

May 31, 2021 · 6 Comments

New rules

Artist Richard Diebenkorn had some rules about the way he should approach his work. I can’t remember where I got these, but I was inspired enough to copy and paste … Continue reading

May 10, 2021 · 14 Comments

A cautionary tale for writers

Boy, was I happy when I got one of my new flash pieces accepted by an online literary mag! I hadn’t submitted anything new in ages, feeling like it would … Continue reading

October 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

Flash flood

I’m on a binge lately. Not on Netflix gruel. Not even competitive drinking, though who could blame someone for indulging these days? No, what I’m bingeing on is writing flash … Continue reading

August 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Utopia means nowhere

David Mitchell has been one of my favorite literary writers for a long time now. I’ve read three of his books, starting with Cloud Atlas and ending with this one, … Continue reading

August 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Close to Perfect is about to vanish …

I’ve finally succumbed. The market is saying that 99 cents is too high a price for this entertaining and informative transcript of a podcast that never was. But because Amazon … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · 14 Comments

Close to Perfect is FREE … for a limited time

A quick notice today to let you know that my “lost podcast” transcript, Close to Perfect: How to Write and Publish Your Novel, is free through Sunday. You save a … Continue reading

June 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

I hate when this happens …

I won’t go into specifics, but I just finished the first draft of a baseball novel a couple of months ago, and I’ve been starting to revise it this week. … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · 21 Comments