The Freedom of Unoriginality

I’ve written about 2,000 words so far this year.  Considering that’s about how much I wrote all of 2018, I’d call that progress.  Most of those words are for those days when I actually posted something to the blog.  I’m still feeling quite stymied as far as creative fiction goes. James Patterson once remarked that […]

Coping With the Dark Days

Jacqui and I graduated from the same cohort at Antioch.  She’s awesome and talented, and you really ought to check out her work.  She and I (and many others from Antioch) also have mixed feelings about our MFA experience. Yesterday, Jacqui tweeted, “I never imagined feeling so unqualified to do this thing I spent so […]

Blockage and Resistance

I started reading DIY MFA today by Gabriela Pereira.  If I’m going to undo the damage that my traditional MFA did, I might as well start on an nontraditional road. As well as being the foundation for her entire DIY philosophy, Pereira’s first chapter touches on writer’s block and resistance.  This caught my attention immediately […]

The Desk Debate

I’m almost fully settled into my apartment.  Just need to make room for a few final essentials like a couch, maybe some extra lighting, and that stripper pole I’ve always wanted in the living room.  One of those might be a bullshit item.  I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which. I’ve got […]

The Drought in My Head

Five!  Four!  Three!  Two!  One!  Happy New Year!  Blast off!  Bombs away!  Geronimo! Whatever you want to call it, January unleashes a plague of optimism, doesn’t it?  That’s how I felt on New Year’s Eve.  It was like the unveiling of a new Apple product.  The iYear.  2019 is going to be the greatest thing […]

The End (of 2018) Is Nigh!

This is likely my last post before the end of the year as we say goodbye to the rascally rabbit that is 2018. 2018 has been, for me, largely a year of uncertainty and fear, an extreme creative drought, a lot of personal drama, but a few good memories.  I’ve done a lot of soul-searching […]

My 5 Favorite Reads of 2018

2018 has been a year of some great reading.  I’ve reread some old favorites and gotten exposure to some new titles too.  Here are my top picks. Feed by Mira Grant (pub. 2010) A thriller about pair of reporters Georgia and Shaun Mason covering a presidential election set in post-apocalyptic America after a zombie outbreak.  […]