The Contest: Week 3

The submissions continue to roll in and I continue to be amazed.  I know I’ve said this before but reading your title suggestions is endless fun as I try and picture what approach you’ve decided to take in crafting the three or so words you choose to submit.

This week was all about mood and trying to capture some of the emotions surrounding the paradox at the heart of all my main characters.  That sounded very literary.  But that’s what most of the titles from the past seven days seemed to be striving for.  Or people are just stringing together words they found inside of fortune cookies.  What do I know?

There are also interesting patterns emerging.  Apparently nobody likes to be creative early in the week, so it’s not just me.  And nobody seems to like Mondays.  Just like Garfield.  Boy, does that cat like lasagna.

On a technical note (or lack thereof) for some reason the link to a printer friendly version of the entire Matthew and Epp story was causing major difficulties, so I had to remove it.  You can still go to each section one by one and print them out if you want to.  I’m not sure if anyone was actually printing out the entire book but it was an option I wanted to offer and I will be working on putting it back in such a way that it doesn’t cause the entire site to go all flibbity-floo.

Keep up the good work everyone.

Now I need to go ponder this “Write a Novel in a Month” thing.

Because it’s fun to say, that’s why

NaNoWriMo is here.  That’s National Novel Writing Month for those who aren’t hip to the lingo.

Starting November first some masochistic bastard has challenged the helpless writers of the world to write a novel in one month.  I can’t quite track down who started this insanity, but it’s been happening every year for ten years now and it sounds like a lot of fun.

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to give it a crack.  I kind of like to set my own bizarre writing deadlines but their website is rather snappy and has things like little bars that fill up to indicate your rising word count and I can win a badge plus just try and say NaNoWriMo without smiling so…I’m on the fence.  I’m not sure I have the time for this right now.  On the other hand, it’s a novel in one month.  Nobody has the time for that.  Ever.

I might come back to this.

The Contest: Week 2

This is clearly the most fun I’ve had on the internet in quite awhile.

There were some really amazing entries for this week.  Great job, everyone.

It’s fun for me to notice what parts of my writing people are picking up on for their names.  Some clearly enjoy the characters, some are more into the overall mood and tone of the story, and a few have noticed how much I love to pretend that I understand quantum physics.

After a big spike around the weekend there was a drop off in entries over the last few days.  Hopefully new readers are immersed in the book and are waiting till they tear their way through it before commenting.  And hopefully they’re raving to everyone they interact with that they simply must come online and meet Matthew and Epp.

One thing I can tell for certain by looking at the stats is that I don’t have the slightest idea how to interpret the stats.

Again.  Great work all.

Fall Is Here

Fall is here.

I don’t know.

Yeah it’s colorful.

But now it’s not warm anymore.

This means that the New York City apartment radiator dance is about to start where I have to constantly adjust the openness of my window to combat the dragonesque super-parching heat of my radiator.  Then, when it really gets bad, I’ll wake up with a nosebleed and have to incorporate a humidifier into the dance.

Sure is pretty, though.

I also find it funny when details from my stories start popping up in my life.  I don’t know why it always surprises me, not really sure where else these details would come from, but at times it’s like a “Where’s Waldo” adventure where I get to poke through what I’ve written recently in order to find chunks of my life.  Who can spot nosebleeds?  Who can spot radiators?

The Contest: Week 1

Things are off and running over on the Contest page.  A handful of longtime readers have chimed in with thoughts, most indicating that they’d continue to think over the next few months.

There was also a strong opening salvo of people looking to name the book without reading it first, which is fine of course.  But as a lot of you have realized, you’re probably going to have a better chance coming up with a title I like if you read the book.

Then there seems to be some confusion about what needs a name.  I think some people are writing in suggestions to name a collection of short stories, when really what needs naming is a novel in ten parts.  It’s confusing.  Believe me I know.  That’s kind of why I’m doing this. But the book in question isn’t ten random stories, it’s a real book.  Not that I know for sure what people are thinking.  It just seems that some are thinking “Collection of Stories” and not “Novel.”  Right.

And of course there are some entries where the internet is being the internet and people are submitting gibberish and insults.  To be expected and, frankly, part of the fun.  Some of the more interesting stuff I’m leaving up but some of the more, shall we say, vulgar stuff isn’t going to stay on my site.

What will week two bring?  Tons of you are diving into Matthew and Epp’s world according to the stats and this thing is still wide open.

Come on, internet, name my book.

This City Rarely Disappoints

Whenever I’m not sure what to write about or am locked into a boring mental cycle I’ve found that the greatest cure in the world is to go walk around Manhattan a bit.

Yes.  After awhile he did get onto this thing and pedal off down the street.

Monday Block

The easiest thing for an author to convey with his writing is effort.

Write six words; win a Kindle

Okay, so here it is.

The Matthew and Epp stories don’t have a name.  I’m having no luck thinking of one.  So you’re going to think of one.

I’m starting a contest where you can submit possible titles, I’ll pick my favorite, and the winner gets either an Amazon Kindle or a Sony Reader, your choice.  Runners up get signed copies of the book.  The contest will run until mid-ish December.

The details are contained in the “Contest” tab at the top of the page.

I’m very excited.

Big news coming

So there’s going to be a big announcement here tomorrow.  Big.  Huge.  Well maybe just big.  I think it’s big.

What do I know?

What I know is that it’s pretty neat and is most certainly something I’ve never done before which makes it fun and…I don’t know…as with most of the crazy things I’ve tried on this site there’s also a deep ripple of underlying “Man how cool is it that I’m allowed to play like this?”


Not that I have anything to say.  Not until tomorrow.

A quick link

The below link points to an entertaining and rather brilliant photo-essay composed by

Well worth a Friday read.

“He’s reading his phone.” Think about how alien that sounds. Think about how somebody from just half a generation ago would try to parse that sentence: “He’s reading his phone.” It sounds like something out of a Haruki Murakami novel. You might as well tell a record company executive that people have started listening to their cameras. And in fact, they have.  Welcome to the future.