Garbage and ‘The Idea Machine’

Garbage and ‘The Idea Machine’

I have never met a person who found satisfaction in removing garbage from the bin in the kitchen, taking it into the garage (or outside), and putting it into a garbage can. As a matter of fact, a lot of people put off taking out their garbage. If we’re honest,...
“You’ve Taken to Fatherhood”

“You’ve Taken to Fatherhood”

I was at a tux fitting last weekend for my best friend. I’m his best man. Afterward, we went to a restaurant with his father, his fianceé, her father, and another groomsman. I’m in the middle of my cheddar ale soup and one of them says to me,...

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Days and a Cover

I’m now two days into writing my NaNoWriMo novel, The Signateur, and I’m over 5,000 words already. (That’s one day ahead for anyone counting.) Better yet, I’m learning more about my characters and my story as I write them. It’s always so...
Why I’m Writing a Novel

Why I’m Writing a Novel

It occurred to me that I’ve written a lot about what I’m writing but very little about why I’m writing. So, on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, let me share why I’m attempting to write a novel this November. Very few people know that...
NaNoWriMo 2014 — 3 Days Out: Planning and Tools

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 3 Days Out: Planning and Tools

There’s just three days until the craziness of NaNoWriMO begins and The Signateur comes to life. I’ve got my plot. I’ve got my caffeine supply. I think I’m ready—which means I’m probably not. Ready or not, I already feel that this year is...
NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Weeks Out

NaNoWriMo 2014 — 2 Weeks Out

It’s fall. The trees are changing color. Pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s novel writing season. I’ve written about my novel attempts for the last few Novembers (2011, 2012, 2013), so I’m going to skip the full National Novel Writing Month...
Impatient, Millennial Dad

Impatient, Millennial Dad

I’m five months into fatherhood. The days are long. The weeks are short. My sleep hasn’t yet recovered. And I love every minute. But, though Claire is constantly hitting milestones that are advanced for her age, I want her to be older now. I don’t...