Palin & Lack of Empathy and Sympathy

Posted by banane on October 8th, 2008 — in about writing

There are two usages in the English language that I think are pretty important: both are our responses to feelings. One, sympathy, the other, empathy. Either you have experienced it before, sympathy, or you can figure out how one would feel, empathy. Experience, and understanding- Palin lacks both. In watching Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie […]

Poll & Prize

Posted by banane on August 7th, 2008 — in about writing

Here is an official-ish poll to determine the new name of the mystery series. If your choice wins, you get to be a victim (or you can select another character)! Isn’t that exciting. [poll id=”2″] p.s. If this spurs your creativity feel free to leave a comment with a new suggestion. It’s a moveable feast.

Name the new Mystery Series, Please

Posted by banane on August 6th, 2008 — in about writing

So, I’ve written 2 serialized murder mysteries about the digerati in SF: iMurder (start here), and Killerizr (start here). Not so loosely based on popular social apps and the geeks that build them. Why? Because I absolutely love noir in SF and writing a series is so much fun. OK, it’s hard work, but a […]

Old School

Posted by banane on May 16th, 2008 — in about writing, local color

I felt like writing an old-fashioned blog post. The photo above is another one from the Cooper-Molera adobe in Monterey. It’s architecturally a blend of Mexican/Californian and New England. Like Cape Cod meets Baja. I’m doing a million things, and doing nothing. Moving in molasses. I have an article due for MarketingProfs, and two big […]

Good Writing

Posted by banane on May 5th, 2008 — in about writing, annaboka, walk to work

I cleaned out my bookshelf, dusted off some old books I have kept around but haven’t read. Namely, Howards End (no apostrophe, just discovered that). I really enjoy the website GoodReads, and hope Annaboka will someday be as useful. One of the reviews on there of Howard’s End lauds the third chapter as the best […]

Talking to My Splogger

Posted by banane on April 26th, 2008 — in about writing, technology

So, mimickry is the sincerest form of flattery. Thursday, a man in San Diego copied my workblog and called it his own. He called me today (Saturday)- I had wanted him to call me if anything was unclear about my request, essentially to cease and desist use of my writing on his servers. He explained […]

(Not) Writing For Money

Posted by banane on March 23rd, 2008 — in about writing, technology

I met my neighbor at the gym- she’s a professional writer- and we ended up chatting on our way back to North Beach through parks and alleys, until our paths split. She was surprised that my day job didn’t involve writing, since we usually talk about each other’s novels in progress, and she knows I’m […]

Recent Reads: 3 Cups of Tea

Posted by banane on March 10th, 2008 — in about writing

My mom left a book at my house the other day- told me that everyone was reading it- so I picked it up the other day and literally didn’t get off the couch for hours: it’s 3 Cups of Tea. The story is about a guy who failed to climb K2, and lost his way […]

Finishing Things

Posted by banane on March 3rd, 2008 — in about writing, local color, technology

I’m just alerting you to the fact that I am working on finishing my business idea, which is Annaboka ( anna+book, in Swedish. I am working on the login process, so the minute I iron out the irregularities, I will open it up to whomever is interested. I gave it an allotted time of 2 […]


Posted by banane on January 30th, 2008 — in about writing

“Jack, is your ventilator working?” Ahmad asks from behind his mask. He’s preparing to get up. He can barely move his legs in gravity controlled moon boots. Jack nods- their radio’d together through the helmets. He wants to head to the translucent green goo waterfall and then survey some damage done to their van after […]