How to Fix Writer's Block

When you are suffering from writer’s block, it is very important to jump on the diagnosis immediately. Do not – I repeat, DO NOT – let yourself become accustomed to the cramping that occurs somewhere between your brain and your fingertips. Any such indulgence risks a diagnosis of writer’s obstruction, which is like obstruction of justice except less likely to be found in a police station.Contributing factors to writer’s block include:...more

Redirection

What are you doing over here?Get thee to my new, fancy-schmancy site!http://whatsleftover.com.See you there! ...more

Blog Update

GET EXCITED. This blog is growing up and moving out. It's getting its very own, big girl living space on a website that's easy to type. All the posts are going to be easier to find, read and comment on. And we're all going to ride off into publishing/Amazon.com history together. Because surely ...more

Sequester, SeqWEster

Today, at some undetermined time, President Obama will formally notify federal agencies to get their sequestration on. That means they'll have to figure out how to do business in the face of massive, across-the-board budget cuts that are going into effect because Washington, D.C ....more

Marissa's Mess

Marissa Mayer is the 37-year-old CEO of Yahoo!. She is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and is equally famous for being "employee number 20" at Google. Building a career at Google to then jump to Yahoo! is a pretty good recipe for money-making success: Mayer is reportedly worth $300 million, with her Yahoo! contract valued at $117 million over five years ....more

Poor Little It Girl

Do you hear the people sing? They're singing a song about hating Anne. Last night, Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Fantine in Les Miserables ....more

Ladies Second

On Wednesday, several of you joined me in a penetrating analysis of which Hollywood "leading men" are synonymous with bad movies. Today, we turn to the ladies. Remember, the challenge here is to identify which female leads, when featured near the top of the credits, are helpful clues that the movie will be unsatisfying at best, terrible at worst ....more

Men Who Flop

On Sunday, Hollywood will shell out Oscars to recognize the actors, actresses and movies who do the best job at promoting their Oscar-worthiness. Oh, all right. The Oscars probably identify some of the best performances and some of the best film-making over the course of the night, too ....more

Pay Attention, Hallmark

You survived yesterday. You scrambled to buy the flowers, you wracked your brain for a creative way to represent love, you holed up in your apartment and watched a Real Housewives marathon. However you survived the day, the point is, it's over.Except not quite. Because Hallmark? You need to take the next 364 days to improve your product line ....more

She Liked Mike

Michael Jordan's professional basketball career began in 1984. The Chicago Bulls used the third pick of that year's NBA draft to select #23 from the University of North Carolina. He went on to define the city of Chicago, the sport of basketball, and the legend of an athlete. On Sunday, he turns 50 ....more