The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Excellence

Back in college, I read a lot of books by dead, old, Greek guys and I was surprised by how much their search for knowledge and meaning struck a chord with me. Aristotle in particular wrote that the highest achievement a human can reach is arête. This word is often translated as “excellence” or “moralContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Excellence”

The Writer Does Math

I’ve spent most of my life trying to avoid it, those weird letters that are used for counting. I’m a writer, I don’t do numbers. They’re the antithesis of everything I stand for — mainly, letters arranged into patterns that form words, sentences and paragraphs. My brain has always been wired for language, as opposedContinue reading “The Writer Does Math”

Revenge of the Birthday Resolutions

Today is my birthday. And five years ago, it was also a day when I couldn’t think of anything to write about. My blog was just getting off the ground and I knew I needed to write about something to keep myself in the habit and grow my small audience. I was drawing a blank,Continue reading “Revenge of the Birthday Resolutions”

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo (But You Should)

For the past three years, I have plunged into the wilderness of creativity and wrist pain that is National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo). If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s a worldwide movement of literary minded folks where you attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days. IfContinue reading “Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo (But You Should)”