Mystique, Social Media, and Other Distractions

A week or so ago, I read a post by Porter Anderson over at Writer Unboxed about mystique. At the same time, I was reading Amanda Palmer's book The Art of Asking. They are two different ways to live your creative life. Very different ways. Amanda Palmer has stripped naked and let her fans draw …

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Writing for the Dead or the Living

That other project of mine is here.

The Obituarist's Diary

At the Burying Point in Salem, Mass. At the Burying Point in Salem, Mass.

What would people say about you after you die? What do they remember about you?

We talk about legacies and making a difference, but do you think you’ve left either of those things?

The things people remember about you might come as a surprise. They might not.

A few months ago, I decided to write obituaries for living friends. They weren’t true obits, of course. No one had a cause of death for one thing. Well, except for one friend who asked me to come up with one. I gave her a heroic death.

If we can’t go peacefully in our sleep, wouldn’t me want to go saving the world? Or at least saving one life?

Anyway, I wrote obituaries for my friends. Two friends asked for completely fictional obits. A few friends wanted their obits to be mostly true, but with a…

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I hate it when I come up with a title only to discover someone else has already used it. Have you done that? What are the rules? I've searched for books before and found several books with the same or very similar titles, but usually they're in different genres or written generations apart. Most of …

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