I read a lot of genre fiction. Noir, horror, hard-boiled mysteries, and even some fantasy and sci-fi if the mood suits me. Not always the lightest reading material but never boring and certainly entertaining. I’ll occasionally read more “literary” works but those books tend to…

You may think me shortsighted, but I rarely let my kids play with the iPad. I believe in keeping them active, not locked in a sedentary position staring at a screen. As someone who traffics in information and entertainment, it may seem anathema to stop…

I’m glad there are so many great social media and marketing conferences around the world. A healthy conference schedule indicates a robust interest in these topics and a hunger for applicable information. The prevalence of conferences — and the explosion of attendees — has, however,…

I recently wrote a piece for a client on the value of blogging and how it works as a proactive tool for client generation. The statistics don’t lie — companies that blog have substantially better website traffic, leading to increased sales opportunities. At about the…

Physical books and magazines may be, like Wesley in the Princess Bride after he’s been tortured by Count Rugan, almost dead. But as Billy Crystal’s Miracle Max would tell you, almost dead isn’t completely dead. Though I purchase just a handful of magazines these days,…

I know very few people with a land line. When I call a number now, 90 percent of the time it’s a cell phone. In fact, I expect it. Cool by me. Now, as one of the 90 percent who exclusively use a cell phone,…

“It’s Okay to Throw Rocks at Girls.” Uh, what? A prominent jeweler here in Indianapolis has put up a billboard boasting this tagline. I’m sure they think they’re being cute. I’m not laughing. I would never describe myself as politically correct. I like my humor…

Most writers are control freaks. Don’t argue with me about this because if you think otherwise you’re wrong. Letting go is a challenge. A writer can look at the simplest blog post or snippet of copy and always find something to fix, be it a…

I’ll be blunt – I’ve had it with novice storytellers masquerading as copywriters and content marketing experts.  Anyone with a moderate education and couple of undergraduate creative writing classes under their belt can spin a decent yarn. But an appreciation for Chaucer and the competency…