Rules of Writing: Death...

Endings are hard. Endings are important. And because of this, endings are scary. Let’s say you’re trying to end something long-form, say, a television series or a novel or a series of novels. You’ve written an story that spans hundreds or even thousands of pages, which is much...

Dookie?

Kiss him! Kiss him! The all-consuming pop culture obsessions of one year are the embarrassing relics of the next. Try showing Gangnam Style to someone who managed to miss its ubiquity, and you’re likely to get a blank stare and a pair of safety scissors through the eyeball. Mostly...

Liner Notes: City of De...

I do a lot of conventions, and I learned one thing very quickly. When someone stops by my booth, points at the rack of books, and asks what they’re about, it pays to have what’s called an elevator pitch to spew at them. It’s called that because if you happen to find yourself in an...

Now Fear This: May

Doesn’t she seem fun and quirky? There was a time not too long ago where “indie” just meant “independent.” In the movie industry, that meant not backed by one of the big boys like Paramount, Warner Brothers, or 20th Century Fox. Ironically enough — well, not ironically to...