Author Archives: pianoal
If It Seems Too Good to be True, It Might Be
This is blog going away; please subscribe to my newsletter instead! Turns out that producing a newsletter and a blog post twice a month is too much like work. Consider joining my tribe of newsletter subscribers to continue reading my … Continue reading
My One OCD Thing—Oof!
OCD—Can Anyone Have a Touch of This? I’ve always been interested in psychology. That’s why I majored in physiological psych in college. I ended getting a PhD in neuroscience (just like Eric Beckman!). Three characters in Sanity’s Thief benefited from … Continue reading
The Lagoon Ate my Truck!
Hi, Story Fans! As promised in my last blog post, here’s the story (in video form) behind the minor mishap illustrated above (BTW, this video taught me that I shouldn’t look for a job as a narrator, unless the idea … Continue reading
Are You a Dirty Genre Hopper (Like Me)?
A genre hopper is someone who reads books in different genres. Perhaps a science fiction book one week, a romance the next, a private eye novel the third. As both a reader and a writer, I’m a hopeless genre hopper. … Continue reading
This Post is Very Meta
The term “meta” means “(of a creative work) referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential.” This post is very meta because it is going to refer to itself a lot. You should probably ignore this, since … Continue reading
Did I Already Tell You This Story??
In the 1990s, I played trombone in a big band in the San Francisco Bay Area: The leader, a famous jazz pianist who had worked with Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, the Supremes, and others, would often tell us … Continue reading
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