Follow Me To Greece

Athens and Santorini have always pulled on my imagination like an insistent child annoying the shit out of his mother (remember when I used to do that mom?).  The islands, the history, the views, the food… maybe running into a Greek god or two. Starting tomorrow, June 16, I’m going to be realizing some of […]

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My 4th Blogaversary – What Blogging Has Taught Me

What can you learn about writing (and about yourself) after four years of blogging? Today, June 8th, 2017, is an important day for me.  Four years ago today I started this blog, Fiction All Day, with a lame an irreverently titled post: Introductions Suck…  The very next day, I followed that pilot post with with […]

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How Fly Fishing Taught Me To Write

Patience.  Calm.  Stillness.  These are all virtues. Unfortunately, they’re also boring as s***. No matter how boring they might seem, though, those virtues embodied the scene I found myself in one Friday just a few weeks ago up in the Rocky Mountains: In early May I flew across the country with a few guys to stay […]

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Write In Weird Places II – The Metro

Have you ever been so entirely snared by a story idea that everything else immediately takes second place?  I’m not talking about a bolt-of-lightning idea – one of those rabbits that comes out of nowhere and invades your thoughts for a day or a week – I’m talking about something more long term.  A story […]

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April Challenge – Week 3 Recap – Write Slow

It’s hard to believe that there are only 10 days left in April, isn’t it?  Where does the time go?  What have I accomplished?  Why isn’t my book done yet? This week of intense writing has taught me something extremely valuable, something for which I think I’ll be grateful for a long time to come.  […]

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April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough

Happy Saturday, everyone.  Today is April 15, which means we’re halfway through the challenge.  If you missed either of my last two posts, you can find them here and here. The moral of this week was pretty simple and obvious: This s*** is getting a lot harder. Before I get into any of that in […]

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April Challenge – Have You Ever Eaten Four Bananas?

Early mornings, late nights, a trillion words written, loud music, standing desks, and bananas – week 1 of the April challenge was a massive success. If you haven’t read my post about what I’m doing this month, check it out here.  As a quick recap, I promised to: Write 90,000 words in April (3,000 a […]

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Why To Make A Change – April Challenge

Write 90,000 Words.  Step Up At The Gym.  Quit Drinking (Temporarily). It’s time to make a change, and have some fun while doing it. Over the past few years I’ve been getting better and better at self-motivation, productivity, and juggling the multiple things I care about (friends and family, fitness, work, writing, etc.), but I […]

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Why You Should Wake Up Early

Divisive post, I know, especially to a group of people that (probably) mostly consists of night-owls.  Here, I’ll post your reply for you: “Shut up, Dave, I work better at night.  Don’t tell me how to live my life!” But I’m here to tell you that if you’re looking for an extra boost, that surge of productivity that’ll […]

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Working On A Beautiful Spring Day

It’s been cold in DC for the last few weeks.  Not just chilly, but bone-biting, wind-driving, snow-piling cold.  The bulk of people in the city have spent their time hiding indoors, layering like they live in the North Pole, and Ubering places they could easily have walked.  I Ubered 4 blocks the other day.  It was […]

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