Category Archives: Writing

My Lost Stories

I completely forgot that a lot of my fiction is located on this site. There’s some stuff there that’s now lost—the magazines went out of business. Stories like this one: The Town Secrets by Meakin Armstrong Grace works at Minot’s Drug Store. … Continue reading

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A Pause While I Fiddle With This Site

My clips are best displayed over at Contently. I used to write for them fairly often and my portfolio looks much better over there.

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A New Flash Fiction Piece Up at Joe + Gigs

I wrote a flash fiction piece for the online journal, Joe + Gigs. Joe + Gigs is an ekphrastic site: all stories are in some way about paintings. For no reason at all (other than I’d given myself about an hour or … Continue reading

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Most of This is True

  I wrote this brief memoir piece called “Most of This is True” about my life in Charleston, South Carolina  during the 1980s: nightly parties, filth and despair, people having orgies on my living room floor, a roommate who stabbed me in the … Continue reading

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Coming Up: A Guest Editor Gig

I just finished a guest-edit of a magazine and it’s got some of my best nonfiction writing in it. And the people I got to also write? Wow. The magazine comes out in December. Hint: the magazine is concerned with art and … Continue reading

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Pessoa’s Birthday and Soon: Off to Lisbon

Happy Birthday, Fernando Pessoa Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. ‎It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is in the spirit that it is experienced. That … Continue reading

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Blogging About Sustainability

I’ve been hired to blog about sustainability issues for The Atlantic. It’s a lot of work, of course. And complicated. I’m posting twice a week until the end of the year. I’m also “vlogging” (god, I hate that word) twice … Continue reading

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Guest-Blog at Gotham Ghostwriters

I wrote a guest blog entry over at the Gotham Ghostwriters site, regarding Greg Mortenson and the fact that he seems to feel that his ghostwriter is to blame for the factual errors in his books. You can find my … Continue reading

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AWP Assessment: I slept in the Best Whorehouse in Minsk

I’ve just gotten back from AWP, held this year in Washington, D.C. AWP is an annual conference, a gathering of writers from every skill level, jumbled together like a rat’s nest in DC’s Marriott and Omni hotels. The beginners and the pros–hundreds … Continue reading

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New Fiction on Guernica: Melissa Ann Chadburn

Guernica‘s fiction intern found this story (she gets the credit, not me, although she says she’d rather remain nameless). I accepted Melissa’s “Loose Morals” for publication, because liked how it was confrontational from the get-go. And how it’s certainly nontraditional. Sometimes, … Continue reading

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Blogging Again for The Atlantic

I’ve been working on a sponsored blog for The Atlantic, where I find links, write, edit, and so on. I’ve been finding out about such topics as cloud computing. The experience reminds me of my first job: I was an … Continue reading

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I Have a New Short-Short Fiction Piece on Wigleaf

I have a short fiction piece in the latest issue of Wigleaf. Wigleaf is one of the top journals of super-short fiction (fiction of the very sort that Guernica, by the way, does not usually run). I love Wigleaf—the stuff … Continue reading

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Pleasure is the Business

I love this comment “strober” wrote on the Delta piece I did for the The Atlantic’s website: great feature here – only way to do business is to mix in a bit of pleasure. Thank you for the tips! That’s … Continue reading

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Is SEO D.O.A.?

In a posting for PaidContent, Ben Elowitz writes that SEO is dead–killed by by “SMO,” or Social Media Optimization. He says readers are now going to content sites, not because of a search, but because of a link provided by … Continue reading

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Blogging for The Atlantic

As I’d noted earlier, I’ll be writing an occasional blog for The Atlantic on business trends. The link is here and it’ll be updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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