A Brief History of My Gun (a true story)

Jennifer was a piece of work, but no way did she deserve what happened. She was my connection’s girlfriend. Jim was the guy that got the ergotamine tartrate from Czechoslovakia, found the chemist in Ann Arbor, and had the tabbing machine in Woodland Hills. Best damn LSD in the ’70s. I would buy it in crystal […]

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What Does Consciousness Have to Do with Fiction?

We expect fictional characters to be conscious—meaning to have some level of self-awareness—in order that we can understand, believe in, and perhaps identify with their motives. It’s fair to say that the quality of being conscious is the essential human quality, even though we don’t have a very clear idea what it is. We can […]

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A Social Media Treat

I’ve been swapping books with writers I dig up online—I’ll bug the shit out of ten, but then I’ll hook one and occasionally get a surprise. Greg Levin’s In Wolves’ Clothing hits all the spots I want in a good novel: It’s got a terrific (first-person) voice, it’s original, it moves, it has sympathetic characters, and […]

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Haiku for the Day

rude awakening a green shoot sprouts through concrete Buddha wakening

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Nice Editing Shortcut

Here’s a Handy Tool for Writers Besides writing, I work as an editor and proofreader. When I get back a copyedited work, I am then tasked with—assuming it’s a Word doc with Tracking turned on—Accepting or Rejecting edits, which I can see in a Reviewing Pane and address one at a time, either right-clicking or […]

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Book Review: Zero Saints by Gabino Iglesias

Earl

November 23, 2016

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I remember, from back in the day, how much you could tell about an auditioning musician, even before he started playing: the way he touched his instrument, the way he played a chord or a lick after tuning—not to show off but to establish that the tone was right—and I would say to myself, “OK, […]

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A ghost from my past sent me gifts.

After more than forty years, he found me on Facebook. The images are complex and fascinating, with a weird, alien beauty. I asked him how he created them and he got irritated and said, “That’s sort of like if you wrote a book and everyone became obsessed with your word processing software.” I started calling […]

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How Well Can the Barber Cut His Own Hair?

Earl

February 21, 2016

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Or rather: How well can a writer edit and proof his or her own work? As a writer as well as a working editor/proofreader, I was shocked to see that (at least) two glitches in my second novel (TRUST ME) got past me, my editor, the copy editor, and the proofreader. They’re the kind of […]

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