The economy of feedback

I’m kicking the tires–or maybe the table legs of my desk is a more apt metaphor–on another book. It’s a baseball project, and I am sending out queries to agents. Soon thereafter, I receive rejections akin to “Dear John” break-up letters, and some offer astonishing clarity: “it has been determined that Mr. X will not… Read More

The ear of an editor

Smart piece here on copy editors and cultural difference. Does Jorge Luis Borges’s writing read so well in English and Spanish because of his interest in music? In all editing tasks, I trust my ear more than my eye. Also: I’m surprised the Chronicle editors let the author introduce Borges as “Borges,” rather than “Jorge… Read More

Share your work–v. 2: Insivia

Happy Friday! Here in NEOhio, the consensus is certainly that the novelty of this winter is over. See you in two weeks, spring! We miss you! As I noted last week, I’m a fan of Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, so I’ll do a bit of that here, now and again. Today’s quick entry is on Insivia,… Read More

Share your work–v. 1: Lucius

Thanks for checking out my blog. I really dig Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, so I’ll offer here a ongoing series of my prose and edits in the coming weeks. A found-object spirit informs this page, as I find prose on the web and, well, imagine it could be otherwise. Here’s some good news, kids!… Read More

Favorite prose, v. 1–Moshin Hamid

Thanks for checking out my blog at Cadence! My writing life is dedicated almost exclusively to nonfiction. I manage a few social media accounts, edit marketing materials, and I write grant proposals and copy for websites. Still, I try to keep up with contemporary fiction, and this past year I secured a great bounty of… Read More