Jan 25, 2015

Why is Breaking Bad so Good?


After marathon-watching all five seasons of "Breaking Bad," Abby Goldsmith analyzes why the show is so addictive, and why so many viewers respect the characters. It's all about good storytelling. That, and clever problem-solving, and ironic contrast.

How can meth cooks be so fascinating? Abby delves into the world of Walter White (aka Heisenberg) and Skyler, Jesse Pinkman, Saul Goodman. Note that their names all have socially benign connotations--white, sky, pink, good. And they're not so different from the right side of the law, aka Hank Shrader.

Jan 16, 2015

January 2015 Writing Update, #1: Big Decision


January 2015 Writing Update, #1: I talk about a major change in my career goal as an author.

Jan 11, 2015

The Self-Pub Slushpile


It's the biggest criticism against self-publishing. With an ever-increasing plethora of ebooks available to readers, debut authors have increasing trouble being discovered. Literary agents and editors complain about 'the slushpile' of manuscripts they receive. Has that burden shifted to readers? Is indie publishing doomed due to a lack of curation?