Submittable and the neurotic writer

As many writers know, there are all sorts of way submissions of stories and poems to journals and magazines get submitted. Few places take postal mail. Lots of places take email. Most, though, take neither and use some kind of online form, such as Submission Manager, or Submittable. Here’s the thing about a service likeContinue reading “Submittable and the neurotic writer”

Where I’ve Been: Part 2 — In Class with Lydia Davis

For five weeks, on Tuesday nights in October and the beginning of November, I’ve spent a few hours in a room at the University of Albany with a few fellow writers and the multiple-award winning writer Lydia Davis. My classmates — all published writers — were talented and well-spoken, even if a few weren’t asContinue reading “Where I’ve Been: Part 2 — In Class with Lydia Davis”

NaNoWriMo and Me

Everyone getting excited about Nano Rhino this year? pic.twitter.com/gteLuCfa31 — Scott Johnson (@scottjohnson) October 31, 2014 I’ve never officially signed up for NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — though I know many people who have, and today my social media feeds are filled with folks sharing their words counts. I’d love to do it.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo and Me”

On writers and (not) reading

I’m sure I read a quote somewhere recently that said something along the lines that eventually a writer must decide to be either a reader or a writer. Has anyone seen this quote? Do you know what I’m talking about? The idea behind the quote struck me as intriguing (and maybe a little self-serving). AfterContinue reading “On writers and (not) reading”

The writing game is a waiting game

When I was in college, my friends and I often joked about the life of being of writer, especially the low pay, imagining a scenario in which a publisher would say something like  … “Great story. Here’s a dollar. What else ya got?” What we didn’t talk about was all the waiting that goes alongContinue reading “The writing game is a waiting game”

Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars The TV show Haven brought me to this tale, which was more of a story about stories — a kind of using fiction to figure out a kind of aesthetic — that makes a clever distinction between stories that are good for theContinue reading “Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King”

Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring

The New York State Writers Institute recently released its spring schedule, but in thinking about writers coming to the region this spring, my first thought goes to Darin Strauss. His books include the memoir “Half of Life” (2010), in which he recounts how he killed a classmate in a car accident and its aftermath, whichContinue reading “Big Picture: Writers worth seeing this spring”

Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic

Happy New Year! 2012 looks to be an exciting year in arts and entertainment for the Capital Region, with events such as the Broadway musical “Memphis” in April at Proctors in Schenectady, Roger Waters “The Wall” in June at Times Union Center in Albany, the release sometime in late summer or fall of the filmed-in-Schenectady “TheContinue reading “Big Picture: Notes on how to be a critic”