Beyond the Edge of the World

Al-Idrisi’s Tabula Rogeriana (1154) was the most accurate map of the world until the 15th century. In the summer of 1502, the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci was sailing down the coast of Brazil in the service of the King of Portugal. He was amazed by this new continent, which had never been seen by EuropeansContinue reading “Beyond the Edge of the World”

You’ll Always Be a Planet To Me

Dear Pluto, They say you are just a dwarf planet; that you are not the largest object beyond Neptune. You were demoted and nearly forgotten. Relegated to a footnote in a science book. A blurry dot in the distant firmament. I grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, the town where you were first discovered. I wentContinue reading “You’ll Always Be a Planet To Me”

It’s Bigger On the Inside

A writer once said, “There’s nothing to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Nobody’s quite sure who said it, but whoever it was, they understood the way it feels when you’re writing and everything is going smoothly. When the inspiration is flowing through you, it feels like you’re unwrapping the layersContinue reading “It’s Bigger On the Inside”

Breathing Room for the Brain

As writers, we love to wrap the creative process in a shroud of mystery. We ritualize it, we personify it. We pretend there’s a magical spigot of creativity in the sky that only the writing elite can turn on. But the reality is, creativity is a discipline. Channeling it may be more art than science,Continue reading “Breathing Room for the Brain”