In that excellent 1980s film Throw Momma from the Train, the two main characters (one, a creative writing instructor; the other, his student) keep chanting the mantra of the instructor’s class: “a writer writes… always.” Stephen King in On Writing gives the same advice, as does Cerebus creator Dave Sim, who says something like (I’m… Continue reading I’m still alive
The spammers are getting clever
Most comment spam is pretty easy to identify and avoid. I almost got tricked by a recent one, though. Just a tip for y’all. If you want your comment to stay and be taken seriously, it’s generally a good idea not to have your comment’s website be a porn website, even if you write a… Continue reading The spammers are getting clever
Blog comments and spam
I just deleted a comment that Akismet thought was spam. I wasn’t 100% sure it was, but I erred on the side of caution. I like comments. I liked the comment from someone saying Just posting to let you know people do read your blog, even if they don’t always comment. It may be a… Continue reading Blog comments and spam
This is the kind of writer I am
I’m not the only one who had dreams of writing “the great American novel.” Having a penchant for drawing also gave me dreams of writing the great American comic book, too (sort of like Dave Sim’s great Canadian comic book Cerebus). God knows I’ve had many false starts. Such works take commitment, though. And, as… Continue reading This is the kind of writer I am
Don’t just link – write something!
The most annoying kind of blog post I’ve ever seen is the link without commentary. I know you’ve seen them before. It’s just a link to something interesting and nothing else. The worst is the link to just another blog post from someone else. I understand you’re excited. I understand you want to share your… Continue reading Don’t just link – write something!