Curious Rat



Yuvi Zalkow and Writing On the iPhone 6 Plus →

Yuvi Zalkow shares his experiences with the iPhone 6 Plus as a writing machine:

Of course I wrote this piece on it. portrait in byword But a blog post is amateur hour for what this thing can do. I’ve also been working on my 10,000-word short story on it. And my 75,000-word novel. (Sadly, no, the device didn’t fix my glaring plot holes and character issues.)

He says his laptop still plays a heavy part in his process due to apps like Scrivener, but I’m wondering how that might change once Scrivener for iOS is released. Regardless, I’m very much looking forward to picking up my own 6 Plus in the near future.


COVERED Episode 2: Megan Erickson →

For the second episode, I talk with Romance author Megan Erickson about her “Bowler University” New Adult book series, what New Adult means to her, and the dichotomy between the books she read growing up and the romance novels she ended up writing as an adult.

Also, WE’RE FINALLY ON iTUNES! You should be able to find the podcast by searching for it, or feel free to use this direct link. And if you have listened to it, please leave a review.


Microsoft Word: 'A Work of Genius That’s Almost Always Wrong as an Instrument for Writing Prose' →

ᔥ The New York Review of Books:

Intelligent writers can produce intelligent prose using almost any instrument, but the medium in which they write will always have some more or less subtle effect on their prose. Karl Popper famously denounced Platonic politics, and the resulting fantasies of a closed, unchanging society, in his book The Open Society and Its Enemies (1945). When I work in Word, for all its luxuriant menus and dazzling prowess, I can’t escape a faint sense of having entered a closed, rule-bound society. When I write in WordPerfect, with all its scruffy, low-tech simplicity, the world seems more open, a place where endings can’t be predicted, where freedom might be real.

I will never understand how people write entire books in Microsoft Word.


The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe - FREE →

ᔥ Open Culture:

With Halloween fast approaching, let us remind you that few American writers can get you into the existentially chilling spirit of this climatically chilling season than Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). And given that he lived and wrote entirely in the first half of the 19th century, few American writers can do it at so little financial cost to you, the reader. Today we’ve collected Poe’s freely available, public domain works of pure psychological unsettlement into five volumes of eBooks

The volumes are available in multiple formats for iOS devices, Kindles, and other eReaders.


Announcing COVERED: A Podcast About Books and Their Authors →

I’m thrilled to announce I have a new podcast called COVERED on the Fiat Lux network. Ben Alexander was kind enough let me launch the show on his network and with the audio expertise of Lorenzo Guddemi, the show sounds better than I could’ve hoped.

COVERED is a one-hour, biweekly podcast where I interview authors about their books, as well as their journeys from ideas on napkins all the way to final published works. My first guest is Anthony Breznican, the author of the dark coming-of-age novel Brutal Youth.

Ever since I quit inThirty, I’ve missed podcasting. I’ve popped up as a guest on a few shows since then, but I wanted to do something for myself to fill the void left. I knew it couldn’t be a tech podcast. I can barely listen to them anymore, so I knew I certainly couldn’t record one. I looked at the roster on my iPhone and noticed a trend: almost all the podcasts I currently listen to are related to writing and books. This is where I want to be.

Unfortunately, my favorite topics are often separated into different shows. Some podcasts are like book discussion clubs where the hosts discuss what they’ve been reading this week. Others are interview shows where authors talk about their latest books, but not much else. And the last group talks about the business and craft of writing, but sound more like “how-to” podcasts than organic discussions.

I knew I could fill that gap, so I reached out to my author friends on the Internet, as well as some friends I hadn’t met yet, and put together a show where I talk to authors about their own books, their favorite books growing up, and what they have to teach the audience about writing and publishing. The result is something I couldn’t be more proud of and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoy putting it together.

I hope you’ll find room in your podcatcher of choice for my show and if you like what you hear, leave a review in iTunes1.

And remember, don’t judge a book until it’s COVERED.


  1. I’ll update with the link as soon as the show pops up in iTunes.