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

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?

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

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

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 […]

Lost Puppy at the Gym

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

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 […]

Someone Wrote “Gullible” on the Ceiling

When I was in Kindergarten, more than two decades ago, a kid on the bus told me he had a direct line to the power rangers, and that he would call them and they would show up outside my house the next afternoon. I’ll be damned if I didn’t sit […]

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

As kids, we were told that there’s nothing in the dark that can hurt us. There are no monsters waiting to eat us, nothing’s going to reach out from under the bed to grab our ankles or slink out of the closet to smother us. It’s just the absence of light, […]

Is this Depression or Am I Just Bored?

It happens all the time. I sit down to do one of my favorite activities—video games—all settled in with my favorite drink, my dog curled up next to me on the couch, and an open-ended stretch of time during which I can play until the controller dies. Yet somehow, after […]