“You’re a sick man, Joe. I mean really, really sick.”

One complaint I have with The Onion is that, like most modern purveyors of comedy, they overwrite their premise until it reaches the point of unfunnyness. Not so with this piece. It’s perfectly done and perfectly funny. If you happen to have a sense of humor as warped as mine. Child Bankrupts Make-A-Wish Foundation With [...]

For Guitarists Only?

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. I’d discuss why, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. Suffice it to say that I’m one of those folks who can’t live without the dots… There Are No Dots!

From the Front Lines

I’ve long thought it might be fun to teach a Creative Writing class. But after reading Tod Goldberg’s experiences, I’m not so sure. And now I’m remembering what kind of student I was in Creative Writing. Ugh. I’ll start drafting letters of apology to my instructors today. (Hat tip to Pete for the link) Listening:If [...]

Coming Soon: Micro Monday

I’ve been following Pete Lit during his Tournament of Tunes, but something else he’s started doing this week has caught my eye – Micro Monday. Inspired by these folks, he’s going to post a 100-word-or-less fiction story every Monday. His first effort is here, and I rather enjoyed it – I liked it better than [...]

Writer’s Wives b/w You Can’t Have Thomas Kinkade Without the Kink

They provide moral support, meals, backrubs, and research. Sometimes, it is rumored, they write their husband’s novels for them. Here’s an interesting article about the wives of writers. Apparently Writer’s Husbands are immune to this sort of thing. They’re barely mentioned. Meantime, the Thomas Kinkade rabbit hole gets deeper and weirder. A few weeks ago [...]

The Truest Post on Writing Ever

Nick Kaufmann says it in just 37 words… not counting his headline, Being A Writer Is Stupid (A big fat hat tip to Weirdwriter for this one… even the headline is his.)

Foreign Affairs

I was killing a little time by egosurfing, and I came across this review of my work from a German website. I ran it through Google’s translator to see what it was all about (“Faust” is the German word for “fist,” which the program translated literally): Joe Clifford fist customer reviews The books of the [...]

The Midlist Uprising

Sunday I was asleep by 9 p.m. Later yesterday, but I managed to sleep in a little before getting up and dashing to work. This morning’s shower brought not brilliant additions to And/News, but ideas for direct mail pieces for two different work clients… ideas that so far had eluded me. So I feel like [...]


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