The Existential Millennial

Earlier this week, as I walking from my day job to the Starbucks where I write my freelance articles, I passed a dead crow. The crow was lying on its back under a tree by the side of the road; wings spread and legs in the air. It had apparently frozen to death in theContinue reading “The Existential Millennial”

Getting Lost in Tacoma

I’ve always been good with directions. I can orient myself almost anywhere and I usually only need to go somewhere once to memorize the route. But my new home is proving more difficult to navigate. The city is more or less a grid, full of numbered streets that should be easy to figure out, yetContinue reading “Getting Lost in Tacoma”

Day Three: Pirates of the Oregon Trail

The open road is synonymous with freedom. If you have wheels, you can go anywhere you want. The further I get from Arizona, the more free I feel. Not to say that I felt trapped in Flagstaff, but going somewhere new on my own is extraordinarily liberating. The stresses are miles in the rear viewContinue reading “Day Three: Pirates of the Oregon Trail”

Day One: Oasis

The first leg of the Great Move of 2013 is behind me. Yesterday, the U-Haul was packed, my car loaded up onto the back and my trusty co-pilot, Will, and I trucked westward. Learning to drive this rig is proving difficult, so I’m that guy everyone hates, going twenty miles (or more) under the speedContinue reading “Day One: Oasis”

Packing the Past

Ever since I moved away from home, I’ve lugged around a few boxes that I refused to open. Within were literal pages from my past — old notebooks, sketches, school assignments from my youth. For years, I didn’t want to confront them. Not because I was embarrassed by them, but because digging through your pastContinue reading “Packing the Past”

That Old Pioneer Spirit

For hundreds of thousands of years, human kind has taken up more and more space. We’ve spread out of Africa and expanded over mountains and deserts and land bridges and oceans to occupy every continent on Earth. I think that urge to go somewhere new is in all of us. Perhaps that’s why we allContinue reading “That Old Pioneer Spirit”

A Farewell to Flagstaff

Someone once wrote that all good things must come to an end. For the past twelve years, I’ve had the privilege of living in Flagstaff, AZ. Of all the places I’ve lived in my life, this one feels the most like home. I love it here. I love the eccentric people, the wild weather, theContinue reading “A Farewell to Flagstaff”

Paying My Dues

It’s hard to launch a career. Really, it’s hard to start anything that’s new. Taking those steps into the bright, shining newness is also a step into an obstacle course. When I started shopping my writing around at literary journals and websites, I thought I would’ve made it by now. I thought I would beContinue reading “Paying My Dues”

3 Things No One Told Me About the Year After College

A year ago, I graduated from college. I was bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on the world with my fellow grads. Anything was possible. Since then, my optimism has faded. I’m still glad that I went, but I wish I’d known a few things back then that I learned over the past year. 1)Continue reading “3 Things No One Told Me About the Year After College”

The Thing That Keeps Us Going

Yesterday afternoon, I got a literary journal in the mail. It was one I submitted to last year. They rejected my piece, but I get copies of the magazine; a consolation prize. As I tore off the plastic wrapping, I wanted nothing more than to find my own words in those pages. But they weren’tContinue reading “The Thing That Keeps Us Going”