Literary Anxiety

My year is off to a running start (creatively, at least). The end of January is busy for most writers of short prose, including me. A lot of literary journal reading periods and contests close around this time, turning the last week of January into a flurry of submissions. I’ve learned a lot about theContinue reading “Literary Anxiety”

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 Inspiration Trap

For centuries — maybe longer — an insidious lie has spread through the creative community; whispered from one generation to the next. A lie that has kept promising writers, painters, photographers and filmmakers from achieving their potential. It is a simple idea that buries itself deep in the mind of the beginning artist like aContinue reading “The Inspiration Trap”

The Life and Death of a Tomato

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero For most of my life, I’ve lived in the desert, where what grows is sparse and inedible. Pine trees cling to the thin layer of rocky, volcanic soil. My family tried to grow a small garden in a barrel thatContinue reading “The Life and Death of a Tomato”

In Which I Become a Big-Time Published Writer

I have exciting news — I have a published short story out on the Interwebs. It’s called “The Observable Universe” and you can read it right now on Creative Colloquy. It feels great to have my writing reach a larger audience, like hitting a grand slam while eating a pizza; like I’ve climbed to theContinue reading “In Which I Become a Big-Time Published Writer”

Reading the Competition

Over the last couple of years, I have submitted to a truckload of literary journals. None of them have ever published me and I have yet to win any writing contests. The closest I got was last summer, when I was a finalist for a contest (but not enough of a finalist to see myContinue reading “Reading the Competition”

Airing Out

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath For nine months, I’ve kept a box sealed up in my apartment. I brought it with me from Arizona last summer. Inside, tucked in between old manuscripts and saved letters is a small, neat stack of rejections. Some came in the mail; most byContinue reading “Airing Out”

Words Upon the Stage

I have always been drawn to the theatre. From my earliest performance as Robert E. Lee in a kindergarten production of “What’s More American Than Cornflakes?” to playing the protagonist in George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” to my college years performing with Theatrikos Theatre Company (often in silent roles), I have loved beingContinue reading “Words Upon the Stage”

Speed and the Inverted Pyramid

My fingers are not happy with me. I’m racing against time and turkey to finish a week’s worth of freelance articles by Wednesday night. In pursuit of my goal, I’ve written four articles in the past two days — and I’m already working on the fifth. Normally, I wouldn’t rush a project, but with the holidayContinue reading “Speed and the Inverted Pyramid”

Second Blogiversary

All my days are running together. So much so that I completely forgot my blogiversary, which was on September 24. I’ve been blogging for two years; two crazy, great, life-changing years. This blog has seen me graduate from college, submit my first work for publication, travel to Guatemala, move from Arizona to Washington and takeContinue reading “Second Blogiversary”