How Spell Check Tried To Sabotage My Novel

Spell Check (c) 2011 Michael Mandiberg On Sunday night, I was almost ready to turn in the second draft of my debut novel, SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN. While I was rewriting, I kept thinking of how I might share the process with you, my dear reader. I have always enjoyed the commentary tracks and blooper...

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The Top Ten Books That Influenced Me Most

My good friend John G. tagged me in Facebook post challenging me to share the ten books that have influenced me most. I’ve listed mine not in my traditional “Top 10” format, but in the order in which I read them. The list is a mixture of children’s and adult fiction, and some non-fiction, too. Please...

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What My Dog Taught Me About Enthusiasm

My dog, Zeppelin, spent the last four days in the hospital. (She’s going to be okay. She’s got atypical Addison’s disease, which is an adrenal disorder treatable with daily steroid therapy.) But the point of this post is not to elicit pity for my sick dog, but rather to share what I’ve learned while...

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For Robin Williams: On Depression

I fear this memorial post will end up being more about me and less about the person I am remembering. I suppose it’s the same with all eulogies: they are for the living. Regardless, I can’t seem to get to work this morning without putting this out. I took Robin Williams for granted. I...

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My First Writing. Ever.

I know, I know. I had a Hello Kitty diary. The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for me as I’ve grappled with the emotional chaos of selling a book, adjusted to my new schedule, and begun to tackle the process of revising my debut novel. I took some advice from a friend and set...

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