Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

My last post was on the Bulwer-Lytton competition, where contestants submit a bad opening line to ...

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

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My last two posts were salutes to the greatest pick-up lines in literature--those magical opening sentences ...

The Great American Opener: More Thoughts on Literary Pick-up Lines

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Following up on my last post, I had some more thoughts on what makes a great ...

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy ...

Dead Lawyers, Pet Cemeteries, and First Novels

Dead Lawyers, Pet Cemeteries, and First Novels

The two questions readers most frequently ask me are: 1.  Why are so many legal thrillers written by trial ...