So, I joined a writer’s group a few weeks ago, and it’s reminded me of one thing: there are many, many, many people who are better writers than I am, and I need to pracitce like hell if I ever want to leave the glamorous world of consulting behind for the tawdy, grueling and quite unglamorous world of professional writing.

One gets better by a) writing a hell of a lot and honing one’s style and b) reading a hell of a lot and learning who’s got the best stuff to ape. Case in point: John Scalzi, whose posts are more cogent and hard-hitting because he’s a) a hell of a good writer and b) does not give a stony rat’s ass what other people think of him. I struggle with both of these all the damn time. One of these days, I hope I can crank out something like Bush Voters v. Voight-Kampff, but I think I have a long way to go.