What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Hey there! How’s it going?

The incoming e-mail waved at me.

It continued: If you’re a fiction writer, chances are that you’ve had to fight off a powerful case of plotilitis. Also known as writer’s block, this chronic condition has symptoms that include loss of hair, crippling headaches, and severe concentration problems.

Uhh, yes. I’m stuck right now somewhere between Joe Mayfield at a biotech incubator in Florida and Weezy chasing an hacker in Bethesda, Maryland.

The e-mail continues: And, luckily, we have the solution for you.

I’m all ears 👂👂

Meet our brand-new Plot Generator, which has more than 1 million* story combinations to inspire you. Simply choose from our fantasy, mystery, romance, sci-fi, and drama genres. You’ll get characters, a theme, a setting, and even a plot twist… with just one click of the finger! 

Characters without depth in places the author has no familiarity with, themes considered only superficially. What could go possibly go wrong?

A Good Laugh

I am finishing the mastering (read: fixing) the audio recording of Fatal Score in hopes of going live in time for an author event.  (For those of you in Minnesota, it’s at The Loft in Minneapolis on February 26th.  I’m one of eight writers participating.  If you’re on my list, I’ll be bugging you about it shortly.)  

Self-publishing has often been considered a failure on the part of the writer. My friends have been polite, but the serious writers among them are holding out for representation and the big time. I went ‘Amazon only’, which I think was a mistake, at least for me. So here I am at the computer, itching to begin novel #4, but instead excising plosives and other mouth noise from the audio.

But … but … but … today’s mail brought that medicine which we can all use:  a good laugh.  It came from a good friend, Weaver Gaines, which made it doubly sweet. 

And here it is, courtesy of and no doubt copyrighted by the New Yorker. 

Courtesy of the New Yorker via Weaver Gaines