General Principles Category

Most of my readers will be female. And that’s fine! But it is something I think about…

Recently at a panel, someone asked how I envisioned my audience. And I was like, well, when I write I’m envisioning a reader who’s just like me! But…realistically, I know that my reader isn’t going to be me. And I don’t mean that in the sense most writers do, where it’s like, you’re writing for […]

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Got very little sleep last night and felt awful today, but still drank no caffeine

I think there are plenty of good reasons to drink caffeine. Most people have jobs where they need to be awake and alert, day after day, no matter how much sleep they got on the previous night. Furthermore, there’s something very unnatural about the work day. You’re required to work through the afternoon slump that […]

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It wasn’t nearly as difficult to switch orientations as I thought it’d be

Until twenty-four, I identified as straight and dated nobody. From twenty-four to twenty-eight, I identified as gay, and dated only men. Now I identify as bisexual, and I’ve been dating a woman for six months. I’ll leave aside the mental struggle that underlay these switches in stated orientation, since I’m not really prepared to talk about […]

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There is nobody who doesn’t feel, at their core, like they’re an underdog

The interesting thing about writing YA novels is that they’re all (so far as I can see) about people who feel as if they’re oppressed. No matter how powerful the characters might be, they always see themselves as geeks and nerds and losers who want to be on top. It’s like the X-Men. The X-Men have super […]

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Trying to be a more mindful driver

For years I’ve had a premonition that I was going to die in a car crash. I’m not a very good driver and driving is also very dangerous (easily the most dangerous thing I do on a daily basis). It’s so odd to think that when I’m on the highway even brushing against one of […]

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Writing fiction is for people who were too lazy when they were kids to learn how to code

Been futzing around with my website today, changing around some of the pages, switching up the front page, etc. I finally fixed that thing with my Top Posts sidebar on the right, where all the links would take you into the Wayback Machine. I made it so the blog now has a static front page (since […]

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Over time, I have changed how I feel about horn use

There’s a Louis CK joke where he says something like, “Hey, want to know if you’re an asshole? Yeah? Well, if, when you’re driving, you ever use your horn to honk at someone, for anything, then you’re an asshole.” And for many years, this how I felt. Honking always felt very aggressive and I know […]

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I have one simple method for solving all of my problems, and you’ll never guess what it is!

I’m told there are lots of people in the world whose main problems have to do with forces outside their control: poor health, poverty, governmental collapse, natural disaster, drought, famine, anarchy, etc. But I am not one of those people. I–and I think this is also the case for many readers of this blog–am mostly concerned with […]

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You’ll never guess where I found this life-altering piece of productivity advice!

You know, you read all these articles on the internet, and most of them are total SEO crap: silly wikihow articles churned out for $15 a post in order to get some ad-money by perching on top of a search result for a term like “How do I stop procrastinating.” But then, once in awhile, one […]

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I do not like to travel. I’ve gone to not-America more than enough times to conclude that visiting it is definitely not my thing..

Several years ago, I realized that I really ought to get rid of the two or three or five grudges I was still carrying from HS and college because, in most cases, the original fault in those feuds was mine and, in any case, both I and the begrudged person were by now so different that […]

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