Writing

What I discovered while I was cleaning out my email inbox

The lastest Publisher’s Lunch Weekly with the book deal news — Merlin Mann of 43 folders has sold a book! Business/Investing/Finance 43Folders.com founder Merlin Mann’s INBOX ZERO, exploring the popular myths about “email organization,” and provides an inspiring blueprint for managing our attention and making things that matter, to Julia Cheiffetz at Harper Studio, by […]

Annotations of remembered joy

Early this morning, I worked on a piece of writing that came back from an editor. Fun times. There are pesky details to address, which seem innocuous enough at first. Yeah yeah, remove this space, period after page reference. Sure fine whatever. –Approve Changes A deeper examination gets me to the Edit Decisions That Matter. […]

Self Promo, Web 2.0 style, meets a book launch

Hilarious. [via Matt Yglesias] Direct YouTube link.

So many wonderful options for the weekend

There’s the JPL open house, Saturday and Sunday. If you go, get there early. There’s BarCamp LA (I’ll be there tomorrow, Saturday, giving a presentation on portable digital audio recorders) Sunday, there’s PlayWriteGirl (I’m going — all day) Pasadena Star News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune stories story about PlayWriteGirl… the benefit performance is this […]

If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis…

If I could have met with a mentor on a weekly basis when I was a teenager, I…. I would have gravitated toward art much, much earlier than I did. (My junior high art teacher rocked. Totally. Utterly. Rocked. High school teachers, not so much. About the time I soured on the high school teachers, […]

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to the Pasadena Playhouse Sunday, May 3 for a playwriting workshop and a special 6pm benefit performance– PlayWriteGirl. WriteGirl is an L.A.-based non-profit that pairs professional women writers with teenage girls to mentor them in their writing and self-expression. I’m a volunteer. WriteGirl offers monthly workshops, each focusing on a different writing […]

The Good Doctor

The Human Whisperer: A profile of Abraham Verghese, a new faculty member at Stanford Medical School. Verghese is both doctor and writer. His memoir, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, about treating patients in Tennessee at the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, has received rave reviews for the extraordinary portraits of his patients. Stanford alumni […]

How to condense “blog wisdom” from 9 years into 1 hour

(UPDATED) I’m going to be a guest speaker at a class at CSUF tonight, taught by Steve Scauzillo, who works at Pasadena Star News by day, and teaches an editorial opinion writing class by night. This is my thinking-out-loud post where I gather my thoughts. Post will continue to change as I update things. If […]

The most entertaining comment thread so far this year..

…can be found here: Added Bonus: Irregardless what you think conversate is a word. Ta-Nehisi Coates has, for a couple of days now, posted about the word “conversate.” He recounts his conversation with Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F Word and Editor At Large for the Oxford English Dictionary. Ta-Nehisi: So is conversate a word? […]

Bookish Trinkets found while cleaning out old emails

From Publisher’s Lunch: Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore to close in January. It’s a recession. (Amid other news I skimmed past, such as salary freezes at publishing companies, and so on.) And from Book Deal news (the news is nearly a year old, book is closer to seeing the light of day): United By Words sounds […]