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Pen Review: Pilot Metropolitan

This week I’m checking out the Pilot Metropolitan: the number one fountain pen on Amazon and arguably the best beginner’s fountain pen ever made. This is the Honda Civic of pens. Like a Honda Civic, it delivers unrivaled quality for it’s price ($13) and it lasts forever even if you mistreat it. The Writing Experience I wanted… Read more »

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Writing All Night in Dublin Airport

Note: the following was written, edited, and published in the middle of an all-nighter. All typos and style fails are strictly rhetorical. (Dec, 2016) I’m writing this in Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport at four in the morning. I’ve decided to turn an overnight layover into an espresso-fueled writing spree. Here’s what I got up… Read more »

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Saeah Lee’s Siesta Doors

Every day, between the hours of 2:00PM and around 5:00 or 6:00PM, the city of Valencia, Spain shuts down for a siesta. Shops and restaurants all over the city close for business and lower steel shutters over their front doors. Many of these shutters are brightly decorated: with graffiti, murals advertising the business inside, and… Read more »

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Interview: Alizé Meurisse – Novelist, Painter, Parisian

Back in 2012, while studying abroad in Paris, I did an interview with Alizé Meurisse that became one of my first blog posts and kicked off the Orange Typewriter series. Alizé is back to talk about her new novel, Ataraxia, and the journey that has produced four novels, a book of artwork, a few album covers, a solo… Read more »

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Hemingway Collection at the JFK Library

Ernest Hemingway didn’t travel light. His baggage included a modern art collection, books, drinking accessories, an impressive gun collection, and the heads and pelts of his hunting kills. Always on the move, he schlepped it all through three wars, four marriages, two plane crashes, and many homes. His writing style itself left a tremendous paper-trail… Read more »

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Edit Sleepy

The average reader is exhausted. She’s skimming for the gist on her phone. He’s looking for a good stopping point because he can’t keep his eyes open.  He’s glutted with information  and hasn’t got room for your words.  She has a stack of manuscripts to get through and she knows the sooner you give her an… Read more »

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Why I’m Ditching the ‘About Me’ & Author Bio

As a rule, author bios and ‘about me’ sections are just horrible. They tend to read like a cringe cocktail of humble-bragging and answers to the worst pickup-lines. You want to be your quirky self without putting anyone off. You’re a writer who puts down reading as a hobby. You end with some pseudo edgy… Read more »

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Autumn Reading: My Massachusetts Bookshelf

Today was perfect reading weather on Cape Cod: Grey and wet with northeast winds and a small craft warning out on the water. It’s good to be home in the fall and surrounded by my books. Here are my top home-state reads. Mystic River -Dennis Lehane (fiction) The movie (more specifically Sean Penn’s back tattoos) helped put… Read more »

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Story Structure in ‘Sully’ – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Sully is the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) who crash-landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson river, in 2009, saving everyone onboard. It’s an incredible story, but how do you make a  ninety minute feature out of a flight that lasted a mere 200 seconds? Sully solves this problem with a technique Hitchcock… Read more »

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I Need All The Help I Can Get (resources for when writing sucks)

Sometimes I need all the help I can get.   Six-second screenwriting tips from Brian Koppelman’s Vine. His ‘magic formula’ for success in the screenwriting game: unwavering belief, total commitment, and tireless work.    The Imperfectionist. A former perfectionist shares lessons learned on the road to personal fulfillment and a life of her own design…. Read more »