Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

if you see something, say something!
December 8, 2010

 

Who is the copywriter for this ad?  I want to slap you.  I also want to slap your copy editor.  And the people who commissioned this ad to be on the train this morning.  YOU CANNOT HAVE BOTH “up to” and “or more”!  Cannot!

You can either have “up to” 30% or “more than” 30%.  Ugh.

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the google ebookstore – i’m in it!
December 8, 2010

Juuuust in case you are one of the unlucky ones who has yet to purchase and read my short story entitled “4 Stories Down, 4 Stories Up,” you are in luck!  For today I have been notified that you can purchase it at a discounted rate in the GOOGLE eBOOKSTORE!

If you already have that story, fear not, for Untreed Reads is publishing another one of mine soon.  :)

SUPPORT!
October 30, 2010

In support of GLBT awareness/solidarity month, I am urging you to partake in supporting GLBT writers. Education begins with literacy. Open-mindedness stems from education. These things go hand in hand! There is going to be a big sale this weekend at Rainbow eBooks in support of this.  Please click here to support a slew of authors that are taking a bold chance in writing about “the alternative” in hopes that it can one day be the mainstream.  My story is the first one on the list, “4 Stories Down, 4 Stories Up.” But definitely check out the others!

 

If you are more inclined to get it directly on your eReader or mobile device, my story is also available in the iBook store: click here. If you have a Kindle, it’s also available on Amazon: click here.

I/we really appreciate the support!  If someone can make people hyper-aware of vampires, then we can do this.  Seriously.  Please re-blog this or send it to your friends and help fight the fight!

LOLjournal
October 15, 2010

I’m revising my YA manuscript and came across this little gem in my journal from 2006:

 

Study break. Just went to get Starbucks. As I try to down this Venti Iced White Chocolate Mocha with skim milk, no whipped cream please… I’ve started to realize choices. Choices are things that people make every day. Do you want fries with that? No. What size shirt do you want? Medium. Are you shopping for your brother or your boyfriend? Brother. What is your problem? I don’t know. Didn’t think I had one. What did she ever do to you? Technically? Nothing. In all actuality, everything. Can you just bury the hatchet? Absolutely not. How many ice cubes do you want? Three. And fuck you.

 

on: the franzen feud
September 3, 2010

Last week, my Twitter feed was inundated with Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult’s complaining about the coverage Jonathan Franzen’s “Freedom” has gotten in the New York Times Book Review. They have been interviewed by the Huffington Post and written about all over the blogosphere. Some people call them whiney. I call them right.

As a writer (or someone trying to be a writer), I was crushed when one of the professors at my MFA program told me, “The literary world is ruled by men.” He also told me, “Nobody wants to read about lesbian protagonists in anything but erotica.” This came from a gay man who had his ass kicked all throughout the 80’s for writing gay-themed things. I was floored. I probably Tweeted about how much of an asshole he was, too. And then I forgot about it. (Except when someone told me about his three-million dollar book deal. Then I rehashed the entire conversation and made it a point to one-day get back at him.)

The point is: this entire Franzen feud is proving him right. There are plenty of women who write well and never get the type of literary publicity that Franzen is getting. Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult have, between the two of them, twenty-four best-sellers. But they are not satisfied. They want to be recognized as important to people who decide what books are important. They don’t even want the sort of acclaim that Franzen is getting; they just want to be taken seriously.

This whole debate doesn’t even begin to cover those who are deemed as important by the literary snobs, but aren’t widely read. Lorrie Moore? Mary Gaitskill? Lydia Davis? They all have well-acclaimed novels, and not one of them is going to achieve the hype that Franzen is receiving. Because they’re women? That is absurd, especially since women comprise most of the population’s readership… for any genre! Shelley Jackson and Lynne Tillman will never get the type of recognition that David Foster Wallace has gotten because they are women.

Commercial fiction has a huge readership, and we should thank what these women (Weiner and Picoult) have done for reading, in general. Just because the readership is huge does not and should not discredit the writer, (unless it’s Stephanie Meyer, but that’s an entirely different beast… or vampire?)

GOOD NEWS!
September 2, 2010

I have a personal essay forthcoming in next week’s NY Press.  It’s a story about my and my brother’s coming out story, formerly titled “It Was Me.”  They changed it to “Bursting the Bubbe Bubble” which is totally okay with me because it’s HILARIOUS.  Be on the look for links, and if you’re in NY, pick up a copy!

i can haz?
August 17, 2010

I need a Slow Loris to tickle, and I need it now!!!

in support of libraries…
August 13, 2010

For those of you literature snobs who point your nose up at the ebook trend, saying they are killing books and libraries, I present you with this really awesome website called LibraryBIN.  A portion of the purchase of any ebook goes to a library of your choice!

How’s that for progressive?  Check it out [[here!]]

inspiration.
July 27, 2010

I’m writing an essay to pitch to one of several online magazines… inspired by this music video:

It’s gonna be a doozy.  Hahaha.

vindication!
July 26, 2010

I have a new scientific study to tie into my thesis/memoir now.  Scientists have a study linking reactions in the brain regarding bad break ups to cocaine withdrawal.  Interestinger and interestinger.

This is sort of exactly what I was trying to get at.