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Writing in Cafes

Remember writing in cafes? My own obsession began with Christine’s Cafe in Petaluma in the mid-’80s but quickly metastasized into San Anselmo’s Cafe Nuvo and finally into San Francisco’s North Beach.

This is where my cohorts and I vainly searched … Read on.

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Cinema On Writing

How to Write Your Pandemic Movie

Fresh from my gig as the editor of the North Bay Bohemian, here’s a bit from my Press Pass column for screenwriters and those who love them.

Why wait for the inevitable pandemic movie deluge when you can script your … Read on.

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Culture On Writing

To James Joyce: A Bloomsday Apology

It’s Bloomsday. Sigh. Before I get into my annual apology to James Joyce for having yet to complete reading his modernist masterwork, Ulysses, consider this term I learned from a recent New York Times Magazine article on (missing?) Joyce … Read on.

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Fictional Universe as Personal Niche

I distinctly remember the bright day in front of the Fig, ten years ago, when an editor lamented my fate as a ?generalist.? That is to say, I was a writer without a particular niche. I had breadth in many … Read on.

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3 Brilliant Reasons to Serialize Your Novel

The revolution will be serialized. As it?s always been. Much of episodic entertainment, from our favorite shows on Netflix or premium cable to the summertime superhero blockbusters, are issued in discrete elements that comprise a whole story. Comic books have … Read on.