Archive for the ‘writing’ Category

urban survival coverHere’s a free PDF copy of the latest addition to the Starving Artists Guide series. It’s called the urban survival guide, and it has a ton of great tips on how to make the most out of living with little space. You’ll learn how to detox your body by growing wheatgrass, retox it by brewing your own beer, grow a rooftop garden, and much, much more. It’s funny and insightful, helpful and hopeful to boot. Best of all, it’s free! Download your copy for your ipad or reader here.


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Here’s a story on the Self-Publishing Revolution, written for National Public Radio.

Hard at work doing the next podcast! Should be up this week.


The iPad, Apple’s highly anticipated tablet computer, hit stores Saturday. The sleek, lightweight aluminum and glass device is equipped with a 9.7-inch touch screen and has no keyboard. The iPad has access to all the usual entertainment available on iTunes — music, movies, and TV. (more…)

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It’s been snowing for two weeks. New York City is under a cold blanket of whiteness. I wrote a “short story” a few years ago, prior to moving here, about a New York City under such a slushy snowy mess. Without further ado, here is “Dark Side of the Wall.”

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Must be otherwise unpublished material
Must be under 5,000 words
Must be original
Must be received before midnight March 1st, 2010 by email submission to starvingartistsguide((@))gmail.com

(It’s in parentheses so I don’t get spam. Just do the regular AT sign.

Prizes include:
1st prize
1 lb of premium coffee
Tix to see Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra 3/19 at the Manhattan School of Music
handmade journal
2nd prize
$15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble
3rd Prize
Copy of the Starving Artists’ Guide, autographed

The stories will be posted online to be viewed by our online community, and a poll will be taken to bring the total submissions down to 3, which will then be judged by members of the International Brain Transplant Committee, and myself. There are no rules on what you can and can’t write about.
There is no censorship, except for author names upon request
Don’t Be afraid to submit your work! You retain full rights of your story. We are just silly people who want to share a good story

To start it off, I’m gonna get us in the short story writing mood by posting one of my own short stories from a while back.

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This post is in reference to a few things: 1. My dad got me a can of mace this winter for christmas. 2. I know a friend who’s parents got mugged a few weeks ago. 3. I read an article in the Village Voice that said that crime is up where I work in the Lower East Side and 4. I’ve been watching a considerable number of animal documentaries. So let’s relate all four topics in order to put things in perspective. The documentary series I’ve been watching is called “BBC’s Life” and it’s incredible. For people unfamiliar with it, it’s basically Discovery Channel’s “Earth” but not narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Instead, it’s narrated by David Attenburrough, and he does a fantastic job. But, I digress. The last episode I watched was called Predator vs. Prey, and one scene was dedicated to a squirrel watching her babies and a big-ass rattler that wanted to eat one. Instead of sacrificing her babies, the momma squirrel started kicking sand onto the deadly reptile. See the connection to getting mugged? If you don’t, you soon will. Here are the top five ways not to get mugged in New York City. (more…)

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