Thursday, February 19, 2015

My New Website!

Today I’m launching my new website! In preparation for my upcoming novels with St. Martin’s Press, I’ve created a place where readers can learn a little about my books and myself. It’s also a place to connect with fellow authors.

Built thanks to the herculean efforts of a good friend of mine, I hope to continue to add to the site as my work evolves. I still plan to totally keep my blog (also viewable on my website), but hopefully this will help tie together my various forms of social media online. I may have a couple bugs to still sort out as far as viewability on certain mobile devices goes, but the site is more or less good to go.

So check out and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Guest Speaker at 2015 San Francisco Writer’s Conference!!!

This morning I got to speak to five or six hundred awesome attendees at this year’s San Francisco Writer’s Conference! Needless to say, I’m pretty pumped and had a great time interacting with everyone while sharing my story. Helping to draw a crowd, it also probably didn’t hurt that President Obama was literally across the street at the Fairmont Hotel during my speech. ;)

As a former attendee myself, it was pretty surreal to address people who were sitting where I had been just two short years ago. On top of that, some of the other speakers I got to share the stage with were people I had listened to at previous conferences. Never did I guess I’d get to shake hands and hang out with such talented writers and members of the publishing industry.

So where to from here, right? I think I’m just going to enjoy the feeling today. After all, tomorrow is another day and I’ve got plenty of edits from my publisher to go through before I get to see my novel on the shelf at the bookstore. Nonetheless, I definitely think I’m going to remain in a celebratory mood. J

Friday, January 30, 2015

Career Day

I was recently invited to speak during Career Day at my old high school. Needless to say, I had a blast! It was pretty cool getting to connect with students and talk about writing, both Technical Writing and Fiction Writing.

I hadn’t been back to my high school since I graduated fourteen years ago, so it was kind of a trip to see all that had changed. The students were awesome though, and really enthusiastic to learn more about how they could make a living as a writer of one sort or another in the working world. I’d definitely go back and speak again.

I know we writers are supposed to be somewhat introverted and stick to written text, but I actually enjoy public speaking and have a lot of fun connecting with people interested in writing. If I enjoy speaking at the upcoming San Francisco Writer’s Conference half as much as I did speaking at Career Day, then I’m sure I’ll have a great time there too. Wish me luckJ  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Speaking at Upcoming Writer’s Conference!!!

I’ve been invited to talk at this year’s San Francisco Writer’s Conference! As a former attendee turned (soon-to-be) published author, I’ve been asked to talk during the opening gathering that kicks off the several-day extravaganza. I’ll be addressing all 500 to 600 attendees at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. No pressure.

I’m a big fan of this prestigious conference, having attended it myself several times in the last few years. During each conference, I’ve learned invaluable information and techniques that have definitely helped me pursue my writing goals. I’ve also met lots of cool people and fellow writers there.

The conference starts on February 13, and I’m pretty psyched to say the least. It’s a bit surreal to speak to an audience that I once sat in myself, talking about my upcoming book. But just in case this really is a dream, please don’t pinch me;)     

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome 2015, Year of the Future

Watching a Back to the Future marathon this New Year’s made me realize that when Marty goes into the future the year is 2015. This year! So what can we expect to see in this pivotal 2015?

Flying cars, self-lacing sneakers, self-drying clothes, automated dog-walkers, and, oh wait…. Well, at least they got the hover-boards right, sort of. I’m looking forward to that predicted Cubs World Series win too. Anyhow, I thought I’d start the New Year’s off light, since I’m not a big resolutions kind of guy. I just prefer to live the way I want year round.

We’ve got another baby on the way, so I’ll probably periodically forget what year I’m in anyway. But at least I’ll be finishing up my edits for my two books coming out next year with St. Martin’s Press. I guess the future’s looking pretty bright!

So what are you looking forward to this 2015?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Goodreads Friends Limit

Goodreads keeps deleting my friends. Ever since they instituted the 5,000 friend limit, it’s been a personal gripe of mine. Other authors definitely feel the same. Just look at Neil Gaiman who lost over 4,000 friends on Goodreads when they lowered his friend count from 9,000 to 5,000.

The thing is, I keep getting new friend requests every day, particularly from the cool folks I meet on Twitter who also want to stay connected on Goodreads. However, if and when I add them, one of my other friends gets randomly removed about a week or so later. Blah.

Anybody else having this issue? Any workarounds that you have discovered? Don’t get me wrong, I love using Goodreads, but man I really wish they would change this particular friend requirement.

Friday, November 21, 2014

San Francisco Olympics Bid 2024

San Francisco has put in its bid for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics, and is currently one of the top finalists vying for the honor. As an avid sports and Olympics fan, I’m particularly stoked for this opportunity because the San Francisco Bay Area is my home. And, the proposed stadium and Olympic Village would be built just a few miles from my house. Sweet!!!

But of course, 2024 is a long way off, and the bidding begins in earnest for the U.S. candidate city in 2015 with the International Olympic Committee choosing the winning city in 2017. However, only 4 U.S. cities remain in the running: L.A., D.C., Boston, and the City by the Bay. On top of that, we’ll have some stiff international competition from cities such as Paris and Rome.

However, it’ll have been almost 30 years since the U.S. hosted an Olympics, and the IOC is said to be particularly inclined to select a U.S. city for 2024. Especially since few other locations can offer the increased security and economic infrastructure that the games demand. Whatever happens, I’m just glad my hometown is in the running, and I sincerely hope to someday attend the Olympics in person with my children. Fingers crossed!