Characters and Distance

I want to start this post by pointing out that when I write about writing, I’m not giving my thoughts on what I think you should do, or even what works. I’m really just sharing what works for me, and how I write. If it works for you, then great! […]

The Day I Discovered My Superpower – A True Story 2

Back in middle school, reading was a punishment. If I was grounded, I wasn’t allowed to play video games, watch TV, or even draw. I also couldn’t go out to see my friends. Okay, fine: friend. Instead, all I could do was read and write. This was my step-mother’s idea. On […]

Stick and Move

NaNoWriMo is a week in. Has your story taken any unexpected turns yet? Mine has. But I’ve developed strategies for this. Part of the fun of being a Pantser is never knowing where the story will take you. The appeal of being a Plotter is in knowing what’s coming next […]

Face Down the White Whale

NaNoWriMo is a few days in now. How’s it going for you? I can’t speak to how it’s going for me because I wrote this post a week ago. I’m sure it’s either fine or I’m staring at a blank screen for hours at a time hoping I can cause […]

Man Enough to Cry 2

Back in August, I had a big sad. I don’t necessarily consider it depression, because the cause of it was well-known to me and obvious. I had a relationship end after four years. I felt pretty worthless and hopeless, and yeah, I guess maybe it did trigger some depression, too. […]

Don’t Call Me Talented 4

If you’re here, then you already know I’m a writer. You might also know I’m a guitarist—and not a half-bad one if I may say so myself. These are the two creative activities I enjoy the most, and I’ve gotten good at them through practice and study. At least hundreds […]

NaNoWriMo: What it is, What it isn’t, and Why you should do it 2

Hey, so you know what’s a week away as of this posting? That’s right—Halloween! Time to choose a costume and buy some candy for the kids if you haven’t already. I, for one, have managed to grow out just enough facial hair to maybe dress up as the Dread Pirate […]

How to Care for your Sim and Ruin your Life 3

The day-to-day grind can be a bit of a slog sometimes. This is why so many of us turn to things which help us unwind at the end of the day, like books, TV, movies, and video games. These things break up the monotony and allow us to detach from […]

The Cowardice of Anonymity

For a long time, no one knew my real name on the Internet. I know what you’re thinking: “But that’s just good Internet safety practice!” And yes, that’s true. If you’re young or famous, it’s probably best to have a fake identity to participate in normal interactions on the Internet […]

Gathering Moss 2

Confession time: I still haven’t written a word of fiction since finishing the third draft of my manuscript and sending it to a few people to get their impressions. I’m sure I could tell you exactly how many months it’s been, but I think that would just make me sad. […]

Confessions of a Hobbyist

I’ve described myself as an overzealous hobbyist at times. I’m always tinkering with something new. Others might call me a “dabbler.” Years ago, I started making tiny wooden guitars and selling them on etsy. They took hours to make and I didn’t think they were worth much so I sold […]

Run from the Hip 2

When I started running, I found my legs in pain a lot. I tended to take time off from running when this happened, usually planning to just take the next day or two easy before hitting the street again. But then the downtime inspired only more downtime and suddenly I’d […]