Month: August 2015

12 Fundamentals Of Writing “The Other” (And The Self)

How to respectfully write from the perspective of characters that aren’t you.

Many thoughts about writing beyond yourself, and writing from within.

Who Needs Bookstores? We All Do.

Why do we even bother going to bookstores?

For instance, if I want to buy a book I have to walk almost four blocks, and pretty long blocks they are, to After-Words, a two-level shop at 23 E. Illinois St. ( that contains 70,000 new and used books. Google Maps tells me that the walk is only .02 miles, but it sure does seem longer.

Still, as tough as I may have it—sometimes it is raining or very hot or snowing — I can barely imagine the difficulties others have getting their hands on a book. Some people even have to get in their cars and drive to a bookstore.

And why? More…