Autonomous homicide

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This is the last horror story I’ll post, for a while — as some of you have suggested, it’s back to my day job of helping nonfiction writers and analyzing media. This story was disturbing enough that the sponsor rejected it, so I never published it on Twitter. There is graphic content here. If you … Continued

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I dedicate this horror story to all the copy editors I’ve ever worked with. I died on a grey Thursday morning in late October. On that day I awoke precisely at dawn, as I do every day. I took note that my lower back pain, a dull constant for the last few decades, was gone. … Continued

Slimbo

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I think this is my favorite short from the whole horror story project. I could see expanding this into full length story, or even something longer. *269* Jeremy stared at the scale. He’d spent 29 years in this body, and it wasn’t getting any better. It was time for a change. He dug up an … Continued

Don’t let version confusion destroy your writing process

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The most fundamental principle in writing is actually . . . version control? It’s an unwritten rule. Like changing your underwear every day. And if you violate it, you are a barbarian. This is the least sexy writing advice ever. But if you and your collaborators don’t share a common understanding of version control, you’re … Continued

Facebook ads are targeted lies. Should it ban political ads as Twitter did?

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just banned all political and issue advertising. Facebook currently accepts all political ads, even if they include false content. But rather than blindly follow Twitter’s lead, I think Facebook has to think a little harder. The current situation regarding Facebook advertising for candidates is unacceptable. Mark Zuckerberg says it’s a free-speech … Continued

Ask Dr Wobs — Can I publish police information?

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Today’s question concerns what “public information” really means — and there’s a lot at stake for a victim of abuse. Dear Dr. Wobs: I am a victim of domestic violence. At 10 years healing I am ready to write my book. I’ve hit brick walls over and over while seeking the answer to what should … Continued

An interview with Trident Media Group agent Mark Gottlieb

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Mark Gottlieb is an agent representing authors at one of the largest literary agencies, Trident Media Group. He places both publishing rights and dramatic rights, such as TV and film. Here’s a peek into how one agent perceives the current market for books. I conducted this interview by email and edited it slightly for length. … Continued

The New York Times colludes with Mark Zuckerberg on shameless op-ed

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Sunday’s New York Times featured an op-ed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, titled “Facebook Can Help the News Business.” It’s an outrageous ad masquerading as content — and demonstrates Zuckerberg’s arrogant attitude towards how Facebook has decimated the news business. Why is the New York Times publishing a product announcement as editorial content? The purpose … Continued