Author adrift?

Every author I work with these days seems to be struggling with two issues. The first: ‘how do I start?’ is as old as writing itself. The answer’s as easy and complex as breathing itself, so I’ll skip that one, as this is a brief blog, not a book, and go on to common questionContinue reading “Author adrift?”

Is the Internet threatened?

PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and  House, and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting “creativity”. The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites– they just have to convince aContinue reading “Is the Internet threatened?”

Five Hot Tips on How to Be a Happier Guy

http://www.manupin10lessons.com Someone just sent me a video clip of Mitt Romney denying he has lobbyists associated with his campaign… Perhaps someone could send the link to this video to Mitt’s campaign — he might find it useful, especially the part about the importance of “truth.” For everyone else, here are a few tips based onContinue reading “Five Hot Tips on How to Be a Happier Guy”

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

OK, many of you have told me you’d like a copy or two of Man Up in time for Christmas this year.  Your wish is my command. To order physical books, just go to my publisher’s web store (click here). The price is $16.95 until the end of the year, then goes up to $19.95Continue reading “It’s beginning to look a lot like….”

eBook fans rejoice, MAN UP has arrived!

For those of you who have made the Great Leap from the world of Gutenberg to the world of Jobs and now proudly tote around an iPad or a Kindle or a Nook wherever you go, glad cyber tidings! The eBook versions of MAN UP, for iPad, Kindle, and Nook are now available, for theContinue reading “eBook fans rejoice, MAN UP has arrived!”

Author! Author!

Every month the PNWA publishes a fantastic web resource for writers (and readers), called, quite simply, AUTHOR. Here’s the most recent installment. It’s full of really interesting video interviews with authors (I particularly like the interview with Cherie Priest, who tells an amazing tale of how she found a publisher), writing tips, and literary news. PourContinue reading “Author! Author!”

“Men will be… what?”

Real men are becoming an endangered species. We’re not quite up there with spotted owls and white-headed woodpeckers yet, but we’re rapidly closing in. Don’t believe me? Think I’m an alarmist? And besides, what the hell is a “real man” anyway? Let me tackle the reasons why I’m pushing the gender panic button. For theContinue reading ““Men will be… what?””

Dare to be you!

The problem with many men is they grow up. “Grow up” in the sense they have somehow learned over the years that it’s not OK to let their hair down; that it’s verbotten to play, that it’s unseemly to let that inner little boy out to romp around, rip the knees of his jeans, andContinue reading “Dare to be you!”

Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…

American popular culture isn’t exactly brimming with examples of men behaving well. Or at least, men behaving as honorably and sensibly as possible (I almost wrote, under the circumstances here, but I agree with George Bernard Shaw, there are no “circumstances,” we simply create situations, then deal with them). Apparently (I have this second hand fromContinue reading “Pissing off a woman isn’t always a bad thing…”

Style Matters

For any of you who feel “style” has nothing to do with being a real man, I cordially invite you to visit the following alarming website: Men of WalMart. I realized, after writing chapters on subjects like courage, truth, and action, that no book intending to help men become better humans could ignore the subjectContinue reading “Style Matters”