Op-Ed: Drone Surveillance

Should the police be able to watch your every move using drones? I wrote about this issue in the Star-Ledger (NJ.com). The use of drones in Elizabeth, NJ and other cities sets a precedent for perpetual, unwarranted surveillance by law enforcement. While police have previously used drones for specific purposes (and, in fact, limited use …

Reading in Philadelphia

Last week I read an excerpt from my novel-in-progress at the Philadelphia Stories Winter 2018 issue launch party. I had a great time–I’ve been working on this project for a while, and it was exciting to finally share a little piece of it. It was also wonderful to meet other writers, artists, and literature lovers …

Upcoming writing workshop

Calling all central Minnesota writers and readers! Join me this Thursday for a writing workshop and reading at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills, MN.  Here’s the workshop description from the Cultural Center’s website: Join author and visiting artist Emily Eckart for an interactive writing workshop. After discussing basic elements of …

Independent publishers that accept fiction submissions

Looking for a publisher?  Here are some independent publishers that accept submissions of fiction.  Note that for most of these publishers, you first submit a query, synopsis, and sample chapters.  If they are interested, they will ask for the full manuscript.  Some small publishers have started hosting contests with substantial reading fees.  The winner of …

How to stop the internet from ruling your life

  Go online with a specific goal in mind. Stick to it and then get off. Set social media time limits. My goal is fifteen minutes a day or less. That’s enough to post something, check your notifications, and get off. Even better, go on social media only every two or three days. Turn off …