Summer Reading 2010

Here’s a list of the fictional books we’ve been reading this summer:


The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex


Carlos is Gonna Get It by Kevin Emmerson (assigned to Alejandro for 6th grade summer reading)


Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (the former assigned to Alejandro for 6th grade summer reading)


Norwegian Wood by Hiruki Murakami



The Wind-up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


The Bone Series by Jeff Smith

The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz


The Complete Adventures of Tintin – Volume 2 – Herge

Arthur (multiple books)


First Graders from Mars

Non-fiction-wise, here’s what I’ve been reading:

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What’s Your Favorite Writing Subject?

Every writer has a subject they love writing about. Something they’re passionate about and turns up in their work over and over again.

For me, it’s always been two things:

The first is telling a story about a scientific development pushing our limits of knowledge. I love interviewing scientists who are passionate about their work. I enjoy helping them translate their science work into an easy-to-understand, conversational story.

The second is a fictional story about a kid – usually a preteen or young teenager – who finds himself in a complicated situation and needs to complete a quest.

What’s your favorite writing subject?

Observation: This is Wall Street

On the train two women trade verbal insults.

“…You people don’t even know how to act on the train!”

“It took you ten fuckin’ minutes to get your fat fuckin’ ass off the train but I’m fine. I’m relaxed. You got issues.”

“I don’t have issues.”

“You’re the big fat ass. I’d beat that fuckin’ ass all night.”

“You should be glad you’re not like me.”

“I’m relaxed. I’m fine. I’m OK. You’ve got issues…”

Just another day in NYC.

Y! The Last Man – Volume 6

Here’s Yorick, Dr. Mann and 355 on their way to Australia, a side trip as they cross the ocean in search of Ampersand, who was kidnapped in San Francisco. Ampersand, Yorick’s capuchin helper monkey, holds the key to Yorick’s immunity from the plague that killed all Y-chromosome containing mammals.

More than a few people in Girl on Girl get some action.
More than a few people in Girl on Girl get some action.

There’s a fair amount of drama on the ship: Dr. Mann and 355 have a romantic rendez-vous. Yorick and the ship’s captain come close. And the Australian Navy adds to the tension since The Whale may be smuggling elicit goods.

Highly recommended as the middle of the series.

Why I Started Writing This Site

I’ve been writing professionally for 12 years, writing fiction and screenplays on-off for 18, and keeping a journal for 22 years.

I love writing and started writing this blog for three reasons:

1. I wanted to collect the writing I publish elsewhere.

2. I want to comment on developments in biotechnology and the emerging field of synthetic biology.

3. I would like to help scientists tell their stories.

I am a huge believer in storytelling and the written word’s power to translate big ideas.

I want to connect with you and show you how I write and help my clients tell their science stories.

So please read, share, contact me and come back soon.