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Just Mention My Name

I wouldn't be known the world over as a master of the dystopian cyber-thriller novel if it weren't for the support of my friends. Every click, like, comment, and share they make on my spammy social media posts directly translates to sales, success...

So Your Parent Watches Fox News

However it happens, however you find out, hearing the news that a parent is a loyal viewer of Fox News can be a shock to your system. Life as you know it will be forever changed, and it will fall to you, the level-headed son or well-adjusted...

We Were On a Break

While the length of time may vary, most writers agree that you should take some kind of break between drafts of your book, especially if you're still deep in revisions, as I am with Brigham Plaza. I used to see these breaks as reprieves. A whole...

Sorry About That

So I get an alert from Wordpress along the lines of Hey, your site is blowin' up, dog, which was weird for a couple of reasons. First, that kind of language is not very professional, and second, my site never blows up. After a little research, I...

It’s Okay to Forget

Between the faux patriotism, virtue signaling, and outright attacks on Muslims, social media can make you feel like it's your American Duty to remember the anger, pain, and hopelessness. Well, if no one has told you today yet, it's okay to forget.

I Don’t Get #PitMad, I Get #PitEven

So much of what happens on Twitter makes no sense to me: the anthropomorphization of creative inspiration, the hostile writing advice, and of course, #PitMad. As far as I can tell, PitMad is an event where you, the aspiring novelist, tweet a short...

So You Slept With Your Dog

Despite my many years in veterinary school, I was unaware dogs had an ACL (or CCL, cranial cruciate ligament, if you want to get pedantic). You know who was also unaware dogs had an ACL? Our dog. Six year old American Eskimo mix, Cheyenne. So, when...

State of the WIP

Almost three weeks have passed since the launch of Hybrid Mechanics, and since you've already purchased, read, and reviewed that book on Amazon, I thought I'd clue you in on what's coming next. You'll be happy to know that while Hybrid Mechanics was...

The Eve of Obsolescence

When I turned 29, I thought to myself, this is the last year of my relevance. Now it's 10 years later, and I'm thinking to myself, this is the last year before obsolescence.

New Instagram Account

Hello! I've decided to separate my awesome photos of my son, El Matador, from my obvious attempts to sell you my books. To that end, if you want to see pics and videos related to the Vinestead Universe, follow me @danielverastiqui. I'm looking to...

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