• On finding your writing voice.

    When I was asked more recently about how to find this elusive Voice, the One True Voice that every writer possesses, I tried to think about my own voice, and how it had developed over time. Listen to me read the below here:   I was asked recently about the question of finding one’s own

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  • A big (& exciting!) announcement.

    In beginning any piece of writing, and particularly with a lengthy novel, the road ahead is unpredictable. I am currently away from home, and therefore without the appropriate equipment for audio. The customary audio component will be uploaded upon my return.   I spent the summer of 2009 in the sticky heat of Taiwan with two goals in

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  • On productivity anxiety in difficult times.

    Laziness is a matter of morality, after all. Sloth is a deadly sin. Listen to me read the below:   Dedicated to Grace Quantock, whose mentorship has formed most of my ideas about wellness. I’m deathly afraid of being lazy. It’s an anxiety that’s been mostly held at bay over the years by its actionable

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  • Blogging is a genre, & don’t you forget it.

    Even the longest Journal entry is never going to occupy the same part of my brain that spends months on a 7000-word essay. Where I become flummoxed is when I confuse the worlds. Listen to me read the below here:   “Writers have to be able to delay gratification. To work without immediate pleasures… If the

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  • On two kinds of mastery: vertical and lateral.

    …It struck me recently that mastery alone holds no interest for me when that mastery is purely vertical. Listen to me read the piece below here:   You must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work… You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success.

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