David Shank


About David Shank

David T. Shank spends most of his time in worlds of robots, dragons, and robot dragons. He gets his cardio vicariously through video game characters while carbo-loading on Killian’s. His perfect vision lets him see everything but the fact that he’ll never defeat those walls he keeps punching. When he’s not doing the novel-writing thing, he can often be found in public reading his Kindle and being antisocial.


Closing the Screen 1

I’m not the best at Twitter. I’m objectively not the worst, and I’ve certainly gotten better at it, but there’s a lot of room for improvement in there. As such, I don’t exactly get bombarded by notifications. Which is a little sad sometimes. But this is mostly my fault. I […]


Adventures in Looking Young 2

I looked like I was eighteen for about seven years of my life. Starting in high school, people started thinking I was a senior in my sophomore year. Then when I actually turned eighteen, I hit a point of equilibrium, and for years after people thought I was still eighteen. […]


My Self-Publishing Dream for the Future

So I just watched the Game Grumps Office Tour and boy howdy, apparently it’s the kind of thing that will make me say “boy howdy.” There’s a different room for everything. Their company (because at this point, it is a company with a business model and everything) has multiple departments now. […]


The Power of Flow

In the Fall of 2016, I took one of my favorite college courses. It was called Composition Theory for Teachers, and we basically just talked about writing. How to teach writing, mostly, but also best practices for getting writing out of students that’s deeper and more involved. We tried to […]


I’m Not Okay and That’s All Right 2

If you follow this website regularly or have me on Twitter, then you know that I took last week off from working on the blog. I claimed that it was for the sake of my mental health, and I meant that genuinely. If I’m not in a good mindset, then […]


Is All Writing Art? 2

What people sometimes mistake about my interest in writing is that I usually don’t care about how “artistic” something is. I care about clarity and evocativeness. Something that can make me feel an emotion is good writing, no matter how plain or flowery the language might be. Some stories let […]


Creativity Begets Creativity 1

There’s a certain momentum that builds up when you do something every day. Not only do you become more accustomed to keeping up the habit, but you think about it more, and you learn more about what you’re actually doing. If you break off that momentum, it can feel like […]


Keepsake – An Original Short Story

I’m doing something a little different today. I’m sharing with you a short story I wrote quite some time ago. This is mostly because, as I alluded to in my previous post, I’m in the middle of moving. It’s been a hard several days of carrying heavy things across town […]


Where Not To Move 1

A whole half a year ago, I decided to move. Okay, okay. Let me back up a bit. We decided to move. For our health. My girlfriend and I were living in a pretty small basement apartment at the time, and it was making her sick. Literally. For the most […]


So You’re the Leader of a New Society on an Alien Planet. Now What? 1

I was surprised and honored recently to be nominated for the Liebster Award by A. S. Akkalon, who I don’t think realizes how motivating her support has been in my decision to revive this blog. The award is basically meant for relatively new bloggers to express themselves and possibly get […]


Lost Puppy at the Gym 3

When I graduated high school, I weighed 140 lbs. At six feet tall, that’s really skinny. By some standards it’s considered underweight. I did manage to bulk up for a time to 165 with a lot of exercise, but I never kept up a good habit. I was what some […]


Best and Favorite 1

Ask me my what my favorite book is and I’ll say that’s easy: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Ask me what the best book I’ve read is, and I’ll have to think a little longer. On the one hand, I could tell you the same […]