The 1000 Word Habit

As I wrote a few days ago, I’m making another attempt at writing fiction. When I interviewed Camille Noe Pagan, author of The Art of Forgetting, for BNET recently, she mentioned that she had made a chart with 80 “1K” entries on it. A commercially viable novel these days generally has about 80,000 words, and she kept herself focused on writi… read more »

A Modern Fear: Range Anxiety

Since I am now in the market for a car, I’ve been reading far more about cars than I ever have in my life. I also attended my first auto show a few months ago in NYC’s Javits Center, hopping into all kinds of different makes with 3 rows.
As I have been doing so, I’ve been fascinated by the marketing challenges posed by the nascent field of electric… read more »

The Round-Up: Effective Email and the 2x-Week Breakthrough

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday round-up, but it may be time to resurrect that habit!
My top view-generating post over at BNET this week has been the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Emailers.” Email is one of those universal complaints of modern white-collar life. If you have a certain type of information-intensive job, em… read more »

Working On Spec

I recently finished reading Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. I enjoyed much of it, particularly his ability to develop characters in a methodical way. While some of the dialogue was incredibly stilted, what was fascinating to me was my willingness to keep reading even as I was saying in my head “no one talks like that!” As I wrote in 168 Hours (… read more »

Musings on Traffic and the Schuylkill Expressway

Though we intend to buy a second car soon, we are currently still operating with one. This is mostly my fault, as I am having a very hard time getting my head around the idea of driving a minivan. As of October, I will have three children who require car seats or booster seats, and I know that minivans are very practical. I also know that what kind of car you drive says… read more »