My Fifth Blogiversary

Five years ago today, I started a writing blog. I didn’t really have a plan for what I was going to do once it was up and running, but it seemed like a natural extension of my dream of being a writer. I knew I needed a discipline; something that would force me to writeContinue reading “My Fifth Blogiversary”

The Writer Goes to NYC

“Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved for mortals a means to mighty ends.” – Aeschylus It’s a famous cliché — a writer goes to New York City and find inspiration. But it’s a cliche for a reason. Back at the end of June, I went to the Big Apple forContinue reading “The Writer Goes to NYC”

On Discipline (or Lack Thereof)

Every weeknight for the past three months, at precisely 9:00pm, a notification pops up on my phone. “Write,” it says. And almost every night, I ignore it. Back in the spring, I noticed that I was hardly writing and decided I needed a gentle prod to get back into the habit. So, I set aContinue reading “On Discipline (or Lack Thereof)”

Extremism, Compassion and Books

We live in a time of extremism. We are divided along fault lines of who we vote for, who we pray to (or don’t), what language we speak, who we are and who we love. In the news each day, I see people building walls and pulling triggers. We don’t even want to know theContinue reading “Extremism, Compassion and Books”

No-Good, Rotten Liars Like Me

“Writers are liars, my dear, surely you know that by now? And yet, things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.” – Neil Gaiman, The Sandman Last year, I read a short story of mine at CreativeContinue reading “No-Good, Rotten Liars Like Me”

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”

The Allure of Abandoned Places

What is it about forgotten places that is so fascinating? For as long as I can remember, I have been intrigued by alleyways, empty houses, and dirt roads that lead nowhere. Wherever I go, I notice the broken glass and rust of wear, tear, and memory. Maybe that explains my unending study of history andContinue reading “The Allure of Abandoned Places”

So You Think You Want to Freelance…

So, you think you want to take up freelance writing. I’ve been in your shoes. It’s exciting, but a little nerve wracking. It feels like you’re stepping free from the shackles of 9-to-5 work and into the warm sunlight of creative freedom. But before you embark on this journey, I’d like to offer my perspective.Continue reading “So You Think You Want to Freelance…”

The Plunge

All too often in my life, I wade into unfamiliar water. I gingerly stick in a toe and inch my way in. It’s an agonizing way to get wet. And it isn’t just a problem in literal water. When it comes to change, I can be slow to jump in the deep end. But notContinue reading “The Plunge”

Wielding the Red Pen

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you — And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” – Arthur Plotnik If you want to learn the mechanics of great writing, edit someone else’s writing. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months.Continue reading “Wielding the Red Pen”