Thursday, August 23, 2012

Maslow's Hierarchy and Web Addiction

This is funny, but on a more serious note, I do think the issue of web and phone overuse and addiction actually has a great deal to do with Maslow's hierarchy. Specifically, as a culture we have the bottom two levels basically nailed but are woefully starving, perhaps to an unprecedented extent, for the top four. The Internet sometimes gives us the ability to gain those top four levels, but most often, it simply gives us the illusion.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

On The Advice to "Just Keep Writing"

See, I'm not sure about the advice to "just keep writing."

On one hand, if you're consistently putting out a thousand words a day, you know that you're definitely not becoming stagnant and passive as a "writer."

On the other hand, quite frequently when I follow that advice, what I write (often vast chunks of thousands and thousands of words) just end up getting tossed. That's what's going to happen to everything I wrote in the last couple weeks before I decided I was wasting my time and spent three days reading HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER instead of writing a word. Then I put the book down, replotted, started writing again, and now I'm back on track.

Did I waste all those hours, like a snake swallowing its tail? Maybe. I'm leaning toward yes. Hard to say.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bad Blogger. Spamming!

Bad blogger, right? I post nothing for, lemme check, ever and then I get all spammy for a contest. Ah, c'mon. It's Rob Wells. If you're reading this blog it's because we've chatted online or something, and you know that I pretty much stalk Rob Wells online. (And thus you've learned never to be TOO accessible to chatty fans via Twitter. You may thank me for this demonstration by sending me ARCs when you are published.)

Anyway, he's having a contest: ARCs. I love ARCs and I never seem to win them. (In fact, the basis of my desire to become a published author is to become part of the regular ARC-exchange community.) Check out the contest. I'd ask you not to enter, but that's not very sporting of me, so I'll take my chances.

Awesomeness is here: