In 2013, Aaron Dietz will produce 12 books in 12 months. Find out more here.

Use It

Posted: May 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Serious, Short | 2 Comments »

Most superhero origin stories begin with something beyond control happening to someone. A chemical spills on someone. A radioactive spider bites someone. Gamma radiation radiates someone. Someone’s genes mutate. Someone’s parents put their baby in a ship headed for Earth.

If you ever feel like something has been done to you beyond your control, use it. You are a superhero in the making.


Write What You Know…Sort Of

Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Short | 4 Comments »

In writing, the well-known trick is to write what you know, but many writers get sidetracked by this and confuse what they know with what they think they should know. A writer may indeed know what it feels like to be a Russian spy posing as a Norwegian chef in the U.K. whose vital mission is to decode a message that will save the lives of countless human beings–including their secret lover.


I Invented Seattle

Posted: August 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Short | No Comments »

I invented Seattle, once.

I did! I thought it up, right down to the name.

Later, I discovered someone else thought it up before me and built the whole thing!

So I moved there to check it out. Not bad!

My idea was to have conveyor belts instead of sidewalks, but whatever. Still pretty decent.


Why the World Seems Like It’s Out to Get You

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Especially Good, Serious, Short | 4 Comments »

Want to know why the world seems like it’s out to get you?

It’s like walking on a sidewalk of an average city block.

If half the people are going your direction and half the people are walking against you, you’re much more likely to encounter the people who are going against you. The others you may never notice.


Super: The Failed Book Titles

Posted: August 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Short, Super Blog Posts | No Comments »

Sometimes putting a title on a book is more challenging than writing the book itself. Here’s a list of titles that weren’t quite as good as Super. The book is about Superheroes that work for a county agency, so that’s what most of these titles were attempting to express.

Superhero Suckdown

The Right Thing or Whatever
Apocalypse Management
Hostile Work Environment
To Err is Superhuman
Municipal Light and Powers
Superize Me
Rescue This Book
FOIA L-351-ORB-12
Security Blanket
Not a Zombie Book
Super Qualified
I Just Work Here
A Poorly Titled Novel That’s Actually Rather Good
Opportunity Screams
Materials that Stretch
Extra Sensitive
You Are the Hero


Do Not Use Humans as Jet Fuel

Posted: July 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Short, With Pictures | No Comments »

You learn something every day.


The Good Thing About People Behaving Like Sheep

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Serious, Short | 2 Comments »

Perhaps a comforting thought related to people being relatively easy to manipulate is that people can be heavily influenced by an idea, and so if the world seems too commercialized, too homogenized, or just too stupid due to a general lack of independent thought, then take heart in knowing that the right idea could easily catch on at any moment, and transform the world.


A lost cause

Posted: May 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Short | 2 Comments »

See that? I said “lost” without capitalizing it because I wasn’t talking about the TV show.

It happens.


I can do nothing!

Posted: May 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Funny, Short | No Comments »

So I saw this guy sitting on some steps the other day, and I was like, “Huh. Wonder what he’s doing?”

And then I realized what it was–he was doing nothing!

I totally want to try that someday. It looks awesome!


Words and Phrases that Get Me Hot

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Other People, Short | No Comments »

Documentarian

Federal Trade Commission

Pilot Books

Narcolepsy

“In fact, as the result plainly proves, he needed the assistance and
support of staunch and true friends, upon whose courage, coolness and
fidelity he could depend in case of an emergency.”

American Junkie

Triangulate

Gazebo

Tom Hansen

P.S. Tom Hansen’s making a rare public appearance tonight at Pilot Books for the release of American Junkie, an excellent, honest, and captivating book. 7pm, for those in Seattle that can make it. I’ll be there!

Here’s what American Junkie is about in Star Wars language: There is no mysterious “Force” in the galaxy (yet Darth Vader is still around, and just as deadly). This book is Luke’s journey toward facing Vader, anyway, without the Force. Or a lightsaber. Also, Luke doesn’t whine all the time.