February 2013

Article Roundup: How to Manage Student Loans

How much debt will you own when you graduate? It's worth considering when you're torn between ordering a pizza or fixing something from your fridge, going to a happy hour or inviting friends over. These little decisions may seem irrelevant since student loans are only used for tuition, books, and fees, but really, who are we kidding?

Are You Living Someone Else's Dream?

Too many young people wind up in jobs they hate because they followed someone else's advice about how to use their talents. You would think that after a certain age we would be capable of making major choices independent of the influence of family, friends, or career guides, but too often we allow someone else's well-intentioned promptings to steer us in directions we would never have chosen for ourselves.

Advice for Writers: The Role of a Blog in Your Writing Career

Why is a blog such a big deal if what you want to do is write books? Everyone needs to find their own answer to the question, but in my case, I don't want my books to be isolated communications with my readers. My future books will be a mix of horror, fantasy, and suspense. Yet I hope that I have matured enough to use these genres as launching pads for discussion of more serious topics. I am by no means aiming for metaphors and moral lessons behind every page.