A friend of mine, despite my gentle attempts to steer her in a direction not fraught with poverty and disappointment, has decided she wants to be a writer of fiction. About the time she made this decision, Jonathan Franzen published his piece on rules for writers. An odd collection of fancifully stated obviousness (the reader … Continue reading Practical Rules for Writing (Re: Franzen)
(Author’s note: Except where noted, all thoughts and ideas in this post are mine and have been synthesized over the years through my interest and reading on the topic of gender and sexuality. The bulk of the source texts are included in a bibliography at the end of this essay. There are also links to … Continue reading War, Work, and Sex: The Patriarchal Recipe for Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault.
After some wrangling and fuzzy scheduling, it’s finally back on with a new guest. With episode 7 of Shoptalk I bring in Gavin Pate to chat with me about the day-to-day and year-to-year of being a writer in the world when you’re not famous or pushing a brand new book. This is the long haul … Continue reading Shoptalk # 7 w/ Gavin Pate
Back in February, Kazuo Ishiguro made a comment in an NY Times article about him and his new novel The Sleeping Giant, that made Ursula K. Le Guin upset enough to write an article defending the fantasy genre and reviewing Ishiguro’s book . . . unfavorably. I had read the Electric Literature article and shrugged. … Continue reading The Outrider Podcast: Genre Wars with Jenn Zukowski
This is the second installment of the Shoptalk series with Laura Hawley. We talk about her struggle with Lydia Davis, the travails of finding and keeping an agent, losing our way, and the further disintegration of my current project into disarray . . . But we still had a good time. The Outrider Podcast is … Continue reading Shoptalk #2 with Laura Hawley
Self-publishing is stalking me. I sold my first novel to Unbridled Books without an agent and then, at my book release party at Watermark Books, during the Q&A section, someone asked me why I had self-published. I was crushed. I’d spent two years writing and rewriting the book, another six years trying to find an … Continue reading Why I Will Never Self-Publish
In this episode I talk with poet Shaindel Beers about Indiana, dancing, discovering a talent for writing, how she ended up in Oregon after a very strange time in Florida (with a detour through the possibility of a Disney themed subset of Furries), and reconnecting with an old high school sweetheart. Shaindel Beers is the … Continue reading The Outrider Podcast Episode 18 Shaindel Beers
In this episode, I talk with Colin Dickey about writing quaintly transgressive fiction, the dilemma of the literary critic in the modern, make-nice world, his trip to the arctic, and giving up on famous writers’ books. Colin is the author of two delightful, and quirky books (neither of which I gave up on), Cranioklepty: Grave … Continue reading The Outrider Podcast: Episode 8: Colin Dickey