February 20, 2024

There are two secrets to becoming a bestselling author. (1) Be fiercely talented. (2) Release your first book no later than about 1990. Today? The odds are roughly zero that you will sell a lot of books if you’re working on your first book now. They’re not exactly zero. That’s an exaggeration. They’re just so…

January 30, 2024

At the end of Uncommon Scents, an unruly mob of conspiracy believers gathers in Boyd Park, a lovely city park near downtown San Rafael. We wrote a scene filled with the creativity and diversity that people might bring to the world if augmented reality becomes widely available. Our scene is packed with in-jokes, references to…

December 14, 2023

If you’re a writer, you know about Save The Cat, a technique for crafting plots for novels and screenplays. Here’s a glimpse at an inside secret for everyone else. Jim and I were novices when we sat down to write Uncommon Scents, a funny novel that you should read out loud to your children except…

November 29, 2023

AI technology is in a strange place.I tried using AI for a simple task this week. I wasn’t expecting to deal with hallucinations.Let me give you some background.ChatGPT got one of the most successful product launches of all time when it became publicly available a year ago. It crystallized the hopes and fears of millions…