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More brilliance from creative guru Seth Godin: “Art with no intent can entertain us, and it can also reinforce stereotypes and simply help what is in our world persist. Art with selfish intent exists to manipulate the viewer to serve the needs of the artist. It doesn’t often spread, but when it does, it can…

Write Something

Excellent advice from marketing guru Seth Godin, who’s been writing a daily blog since they invented blogs. Take it to heart . . . Write something. Then improve it. Then write something else. Repeat this process until you have a post. Then post it. Then repeat this process. There’s no such thing as writer’s block.…

Radio Radio

 I’m old enough to remember when radio was a big deal. As a kid growing up in L.A. in the 60s and 70s, our generation’s golden years, I listened to “Boss Radio” with legendary DJs Robert W. Morgan, the Real Don Steel, Charlie Tuna and Humble Harve (who went on to do a stretch in…

His Desk

My friend, Renaissance man Doug Cox, has penned books, essays, poems, even a hit song or two during his remarkable life. In this essay, taken from his latest book, Sunlight and Shadows, he delivers a lifetime’s worth of practical writing advice. I reprint it here with permission. HIS DESK Through a beautiful wrought-ironwork window piece…

Random Weirdness

At my very first book festival in the early 2000s, I was sitting at a table in my tiny booth when a woman approached and asked about my novel, a question I was only too happy to answer in great detail. As I spoke, I noticed her digging around in her purse, presumably for money…

Karma Kameleon

I’m fascinated by karma. It’s been a theme of all my novels and many of my short stories. Rather than some mysterious external cosmic force, I see it as self-inflicted payback for a lifetime of hubris, arrogance and worse. In other words, shooting yourself in the foot. Let’s take the case of a hypothetical President.…

So It Goes

Here’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever seen on the subject of creativity, courtesy of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut: In 2006 a high school English teacher asked students to write a famous author and ask for advice. Kurt Vonnegut was the only one to respond – and his response is magnificent:…

Books I’ll Never Get To Write

I’m good at naming stuff. For years I’ve been throwing scraps of ideas into a file with pretend names of movies, bands, products, songs, businesses and books. More book titles than I have time or energy to write. Here’s a sampling, broken down by genre. Feel free to use them as you see fit. No…

Songs That Make Me Cry

I’m not a crier. Never have been. And yet, every now and then, a song on the radio will catch me off guard and get me all verklempt. With New Year’s fast approaching, maybe I’ll pour myself a glass of ancient Irish whiskey and crank up the waterworks with the tearful tunes below: Redemption Song/Bob…

A Tribute to Becky

Every cat has a story. Becky was the Marley of cats. She wolfed down her food, drank out of the toilet, knocked over the trash, begged at the table and, although she was an inside pet, tried to slip outdoors every chance she got. But she also met me at the door each day after…
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