Happy holidays, everyone! I’m taking a short blogging break to play with my new toys and watch my favorite Christmas specials, but I’ll be back in the New Year with all kinds of great new posts. Enjoy your time off, and have a fantastic New Year. See you in 2013!
By now you’ve probably heard about Lawrence DePrimo, better known as the “the shoe cop,” or the cop who bought the homeless man in Times Square a $100 pair of boots. The photo, which has gone viral and which has been featured by every major news outlet, depicts DePrimo kneeling down to offer the man [...]
Today, I’m honored to welcome guest author/blogger Anne R. Allen, whose latest book (the sixth in nine months!) is out TODAY. It is a guide for writers written with Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of the iconic novel Pay it Forward), and it’s called HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE … AND KEEP YOUR [...]
Today, I am honored to share with you an interview with the bestselling author of The Slippery Year, Melanie Gideon. Gideon’s debut novel, Wife 22, is out TODAY, and the best way I can describe it is Bridget Jones for the Facebook generation. Gideon will be reading tonight at A Great Good Place for [...]
My friend Shanthi Sekaran, author of The Prayer Room, calls this piece Imperfect Eulogy. I disagree. I think it’s perfect. This piece was first published on Zyzzyva’s blog and is dedicated to Elmer Morrissey.
April 14, 2012. On the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s collision with an iceberg, the eight crew members of the Low [...]
Today I had the pleasure to meet Ben Fountain, who came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Ben’s first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, debuted this month. His short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, won a PEN/Hemingway award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers [...]
Remember back in November when I wrote a post titled Are You Blogging To The Wrong Audience? Then I said I was going to start to post about non-writing-related topics once a week, probably on Thursdays? Well that lasted about a month before I got overwhelmed and regressed to blogging once a week and only [...]
In light of this week’s 4.0 earthquake here in the Bay Area, which gave my house in Berkeley a good shake, I want to talk about disaster preparedness this week. I’m no expert, but I have taken a community emergency response team class through a local fire department, and I do have two disaster bins [...]
Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah or Christmas or another holiday this week, Happy Holidays! I won’t be online much over the weekend, but I’ll be back next Tuesday and Thursday with two great new posts. Meanwhile, what is your favorite holiday tradition? Stringing popcorn? (I did that once when I was a kid and gave up [...]