Patrick E. McLean : Just what it says on the tin.



2017
April
17 The wronger things go, the righter they become.
February
25 Why Heist Novels?


2016
August
29 The Schwa
27 A
20 Do You Deserve More Success?
18 Don’t Hire an Army When You Should Learn How to Fight
17 What do you believe about work?
16 How Are You Going to Do It With Average Days?
15 Five Fundamental Forms of Writing
13 What Makes the World a Better Place?
12 Interviewing: How to Keep People Talking
11 Techniques for Dealing with Fear
10 What is Your Strategy for Dealing with Fear?
9 What About a Book of Questions?
8 Is the answer “asking better questions?”
7 What is it you do when you are doing your best?
6 The Curse (or Charm) of “What Do I Do Now?”
June
25 I just finished writing a book. Here’s what I learned.
4 Let me tell you a story.


2015
November
15 Mold. Mold is Evil
2 New Book Released: The Soak
September
8 Edwin Windsor on the Devil
July
10 A Post Containing Failure, Humility and Hope
8 Parker Novel Openings
8 How to Succeed in Evil Reviewed on U.K. Radio
June
18 The Han Solo Theory: Redux.
9 The Bible Salesman
3 The Complete “Death of a Dishwasher”
May
26 Indirect Television
19 The War Inside
12 The Robot Nonpocalypse
6 The Futurist Manifesto
April
28 You Think You Know the Godfather?
21 Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
14 Boltac’s Guide to Haggling
7 Why Does Advertising Suck?
March
31 The Ephemera
25 Stealing All the Tea in China
17 Katniss Everdeen: A Fashion Model with PTSD
10 The Glory and Tragedy of Oscar Wilde
3 Emerson, Emerson and Poo
February
24 Cooking: Everyone Should, Most Everyone Can
20 The Seanachai Podcast Returns!
January
8 The Emotions Generated by Editing.
4 Self-Defense Against Ideas


2014
December
31 A Good Miss
23 The War With Santa
14 I Just Heard the Bell
9 Gone Girl. Catharsis? Yes indeed.
8 How to Succeed in Evil update — draft complete!
5 Visualizing the Writing of the Merchant Adventurer
2 Something I’d Never Thought I’d Say
1 Here we go.
October
31 Ahead/Behind
September
30 Sons of Literacy T-Shirts
26 Without Love We are Monsters. With Love, We Aren’t.
12 Having Had a Fire Lit Under My Ass…
July
25 David Mamet’s Three Questions for Better Drama
5 Six Things You Can Learn About Writing from Homer
April
2 The Sons of Literacy
March
29 Thoughts on Writing Superheroes
January
14 The Merchant Adventurer
1 New Book: The Merchant Adventurer


2013
December
12 HtSiE: Consultation With a Vampire
September
15 How Redesigning My Website Made Me Hate the Web
July
11 The Things I Think About When Making Things
June
12 Short Form Spoken Word
6 Strategic Writing
May
4 StoryMaps — Visualizing the Hidden Structure of Stories
2 How to Craft a Line
March
29 The Most Fun Interview I’ve Ever Done
February
27 HtSiE — Hostile Takeover
January
18 How to Kill a Word


2012
December
15 How to Free Your Writing
November
27 Wasteland 2 and the Creative Process
September
30 Story Included in ‘Walk the Fire’
August
15 Writing for Wasteland 2
July
23 Having Been the Victim of a Shooting
June
28 The Skeleton Key of The Zombie Apocalypse
May
15 good words (right order)
March
11 Why Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man” is remarkable.
February
4 The Five-Minute Writing Pep Talk
January
7 How to Succeed in Evil
6 RIP Ray Bradbury


2011
December
2 Podcast Teardown Interview
November
7 Announcing HtSiE: Hostile Takeover
September
7 E-book Pricing and the Elasticity of Demand
May
24 The World’s Most Dangerous About the Author Blurb
April
8 Words Patrick Likes


2010
December
17 An Open Letter to Terry Pratchett (11 reasons to allow Americans into your contest.)
November
27 Unkillable
August
4 Where Do Ideas Come From?
July
13 A New Keyboard, Glorious and Powerful
March
13 Captain Ahab, Old-School Badass
10 The Third Wave of Literacy
February
22 The Road to Hell is Paved with Adverbs
January
6 The Reason to Practice an Art


2009
November
19 The Pomodoro Technique for Writers
12 Why is This Doll Winking at Me?
4 The Toughest Trees Ever
October
8 George Orwell’s Six Rules for Saving the Language (and the World)
April
8 A Defense of Writing Longhand


2006
December
12 The Darkest Day of the Year
September
9 My Best Writing Hack


2005
January
1 The Seanachai Podcast