Envelopes and Anticipation

There was an undeniable sense of destiny as I slipped the envelope into the mailbox. Inside was a submission for a literary journal’s fiction contest. I’ve entered several contests and submitted to many journals over the past year, but for some reason, this one felt bigger. Why? Why was I so apprehensive? The reason, IContinue reading “Envelopes and Anticipation”

A Slice of Americana Pie

The sun dissolves slowly into a pool of red behind the mountains. Cars crawl slowly across a parking lot of asphalt hills in neat rows toward a while billboard. The smell of yellow butter popcorn and the soft fizz of Coke and Dr. Pepper drift between the headlights. Kids climb in truck beds, adults setContinue reading “A Slice of Americana Pie”

Save the Books

When Gutenberg invented the printing press, I imagine that someone objected, saying the machine would put scribes out of work. When voices first traveled on radio waves, someone probably cried out that it would render the telegraph operator useless. Now, tablets stand poised to change the way we digest information. I’m not afraid of change;Continue reading “Save the Books”

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I spent all morning looking for my money belt and trying to get a week’s worth of clothes to fit into a backpack. It took me a few tries and I had to ditch a pair of jeans, but I finally got the zipper closed. Packing has a funny way of clearing the mind. WhenContinue reading “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Love Letter to a Typewriter

When I was 4 years old, I dictated my first book to my mom — a 12-page epic about a bear who went on a road trip — and I have been obsessed with the art of storytelling ever since. Everywhere I went from then on, I would compose little narratives. I collected notebooks andContinue reading “Love Letter to a Typewriter”