There have been many times since I began my career as a writer that I contemplated a complete reboot. Whether it was after recounting my dealings with traditional publishers or lamenting the direction I have gone in with my own indie publishing, I held on to the idea that I could create a pseudonym and come back one day to right the ship.

Maybe this is one of the reasons MF DOOM appealed to me. While I won’t recount the evolution of the emcee Daniel Dumile here, it is important to know that he was a man who rebuilt himself…


My quest for a personal uniform began many years ago when I first began reading about Buddhism. The idea was simple: if you don’t have to worry about your hair (I wear mine shaved bald) or your clothes, you could redirect your thoughts toward other things of arguably greater importance. I would later see this translated into the personal uniform that Steve Jobs wore — and later Mark Zuckerberg. Honestly, some people have taken the idea of having a personal uniform as being something other than a move toward simplicity, instead using it as a “look at me” statement that…


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As we grapple with the impact of Covid19, many readers are tightening their purse strings, choosing to focus their resources on basic necessities, rather than the luxury of buying new books. As a result, we are seeing numerous traditionally-published authors launching books that are met with hardly a glance, many of them with little in the way of marketing support since most bookstores are closed for the foreseeable future.

Many traditional publishers have built their economic models almost entirely around bookstores and online sales. There is, however, another option for selling books, an option worth strongly considering if you are…


Nearly ten years ago I started on a small book that I felt had too limited a reach, in terms of its market. I published fifteen books before I finally came back to this book and reluctantly decided it was time for it to see the world. That book is Daykeeper, a book that has totally transformed my life as a writer.

Like many other writers who have self-published their works, I relied heavily on Amazon for my sales, especially the Kindle platform. …


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Roughly a year ago, I got really fascinated with an Argentinian writer named César Aira and ultimately purchased all of his work that had been translated into English (most of them by New Directions Publishing). After reading his work, listening to interviews from podcasts, and watching subtitled interviews on YouTube, I realized that much of my recent output is heavily inspired by him. In fact, upon some reflection, I can think of four big reasons he has infiltrated my creative process so thoroughly.

  1. He uses a style of writing that he refers to as “fuga hacia adelante” (or “fleeing forward”)…


Something rather peculiar has been happening with my writing over the past few years. It started with me writing shorter and shorter novels. Then I became obsessed with novellas. There was a brief fascination with novelettes before I began to dive back into short stories. And that’s when it got really interesting.

To be honest, I must admit my fascination with miniatures really coalesced over the past two years. I went from poster-size art to paintings that were 5x7" and smaller. I started buying music EPs, instead of LPs. I started to appreciate and value what could be accomplished in…

Ran Walker

Novel(la)ist + Microfictionist + Poet

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