I can only imagine the quiet horror that people must endure when they meet me in person.
David Cristofanos debut novel captures the essence of the human spirit, and delivers a story that is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.
For writers, so much is done in isolation. It can be easy to feel detached, or to get a little lost along the way.
I feel like it's a good time to be a writer. I'm terminally optimistic. It seems like the publishing industry is in the middle of a big transition, and that the rules of the game are still sorting themselves out.
Oftentimes, if a writer really gets her hooks into me, I'll want to read interviews, or listen to an interview, or read a literary biography or a memoir of some kind. And doing so almost always deepens my enjoyment of the author and her work.
I can think of plenty of writers whose work I revere and whose lives I know little about.
To do my job well, I have to be a good listener. The listening is so much more important than the talking.
The modern media environment is so overrun with bullshit and static and people trying to sell you stupid crap. It makes you want to bite yourself.
People love honesty. Honesty is medicinal, I think. It makes people feel less lonely in the world.
Getting tired of sitting, staring at my computer screen, day after day, where everyone is two-dimensional, reduced to an avatar photo, status updates, or maybe some carefully curated vacation photos. There's something exhausting about that after a while. I found myself wanting to hear voices.
I'm a radio nerd. I've loved radio since I was a kid. I'm a huge Howard Stern fan.
Once I get my writing done, then I can turn my attention elsewhere - and not the other way around. The writing has to be the foundation.
I usually work seven days a week and rarely take vacations, which is both lame and unsustainable. I don't mind the idea of writing seven days a week, I suppose. Getting some work done early in the morning. But ideally I would love to take one day a week off.
I have way too much going on, as usual, but fortunately it's all good stuff. I'm not complaining.
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