A man who hasn’t been on a first date in 17 years gives some first-date advice

Hey, guys! I’ve been working diligently on Cthulhu: The Novel, and I shall have updates and such very soon. In the meantime, check out my advice column at WhatsYourPrice.com, where I talk this time about chivalry on a first date:

Chivalry Isn’t Dead, But It Might Be Getting Slightly Confused

Dating has become more sophisticated, if not downright tricky, over the past few decades. It used to be that dinner and a movie or maybe the proverbial long walk on the beach would suffice for a couple just getting to know each other. There are pitfalls, however, as social mores and gender roles have grown more elastic. Here are a few conundra you’ll be hard-pressed to avoid, along with our WhatsYourPrice opinion on the matter.

What we call “chivalry” in the 21st century is a far cry from the “loving but never touching” rules of the Middle Ages, of course. Now there are niceties such as opening doors for one’s date, or pulling out her chair for her in restaurants, or even who pays up when the waiter brings the check.


Still popular, however, is the old “make sure she’s not a witch made of wood” routine.

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What I write in my evil Lair of Mammon: Dating advice!

I write in a lot of different genres: Literary/Historical fantasy, thriller, humor, giant monsters eating people, etc.

But when it comes to putting gluten-free, pasture-fed, free-range bread on the table, I write for some very cool dating sites, of which WhatsYourPrice.com. I write emails and marketing material, but also (and more germane to my blog) fun blog entries!

This actually does have to do with writing and being a working writer. Everyone needs content. The Internet is, literally, nothing without content. So think of blogs you might like to write to expand your brand, show off your or friends’ books, or weigh in on publishing news. Your readers will come to rely on you, and there’s nothing better, especially when you can monetize this.

Anyway, here’s my new blog entry for WhatsYourPrice.com:

How to dodge impostors and date a man worth knowing


Hey, do you want subtlety, or do you want results?

The old adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been more true than it is today. Whether you’re a waitress or an heiress, dreams of a more exciting life differ only in the specifics. Expanding your world can be made much easier and more fun when you know people who …[ read more ]