Lost Novels and Love Triangles

Do you have a drawer novel you’re reluctant to release? My essay on lost novels, love triangles, and how “Battlestar Galactica” helped me move on. Happy reading!



The Five Pillars of Place

Hello! My next Episodia post focuses on “Parks and Recreation” and the importance of place. Small towns and cities have narrative arcs, too.

People both reflect and defy the places they are from. It’s our job as writers to make place matter. What will you do with yours?



I’m thrilled to announce that in 2013, I will be a regular blogger for the lit mag Ploughshares. My series is titled “Episodia: Craft Lessons from Scripted Television,” and each post explores what writers can learn from the writers of hit shows like “30 Rock,” “Downton Abbey,” “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men,” and more.

My first post was “Making Comedy and Paper with Liz Lemon.” Check it out here:


My latest post is “Dissecting the Downton Craze,” which can be found here:


Stay tuned for my next post, which will go live on March 13th. As always, thanks for reading!