The New Generation of Writers: Clicks, Lists and GIFs

  On a late afternoon in fall, perhaps after returning from a lecture in a Greek or Roman studies course at Oxford, young Oscar Wilde sits in his cramped dormitory and contemplates a long while, his MacBook Air open before him on the desk. Fragments of a new idea formulate in his minds eye, an … Continue reading The New Generation of Writers: Clicks, Lists and GIFs

MTV’s “Awkward” Strikes Out

  I just missed the boat when it comes to the music era of what I refer to as “Maternity Television,” or MTV for short. I vaguely recall exposure to it for a brief moment in my youth, images of Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady music video flashing across a modest 32” screen attached to a … Continue reading MTV’s “Awkward” Strikes Out

A Finisher of None

  Back when I started business school (for the third time, I might add), my Marketing 101 professor explained to us the psychological dilemma that occurs when a person feels overwhelmed by too many choices: they shut down.   This is where I find myself this evening.   I am a starter of many projects … Continue reading A Finisher of None

The Most Brilliant Fucking Idea I Never Had

  It should be here. It has to be.   I scan the desktop, reading off each Word Document title. After the third search, with no better result, I begin to question my sanity a little bit.   I wrote it. I know I did. The idea was brilliant. Revolutionary. So brilliant, in fact, that … Continue reading The Most Brilliant Fucking Idea I Never Had

iPhone, Meet Drawer.

  I have this fantasy of being one of those writers that holes up in some decrepit old property, seemingly fading into obscurity until the inevitable day comes when I birth a masterpiece and release it into the world.   A recluse. A hermit. Whatever term you want to call it. As long as it entails … Continue reading iPhone, Meet Drawer.

Book Rant: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

   * Please note that this post contains spoilers. *   I don’t normally post about the books I read. Book reviews aren’t my thing. However, I wouldn’t categorize this post as a book review. More of a book rant. Don’t worry. I’ll keep it short, I promise.   I read Looking for Alaska because … Continue reading Book Rant: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

#NaNoWriMo: Off to a Rocky Start

  Writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I don't know if I just enjoy mentally and emotionally abusing myself (although the evidence over the last 4 years suggests this to be true), but I told myself I would participate in attempting to write a shit ton this month. And on day one, I am failing … Continue reading #NaNoWriMo: Off to a Rocky Start

A Word of Advice: Alcohol and Writers Groups

  Don’t get buzzed before the meeting has even started.   I guess I had this image in my head of intellectuals sipping wine and discussing the classics. Perhaps my mistake was substituting wine with bourbon and vodka. Regardless, I was schnockered before we finished with the first critique, rendering any contributions from me that … Continue reading A Word of Advice: Alcohol and Writers Groups

Shunning Technology: The Worst Mistake a Writer Can Make

  I am all for being a purist. When it comes to flipping the pages of an actual, physical book versus swiping a Kindle screen, there is no comparison. Unfortunately, a combination of OCD and too much clutter in my life has resulted in me getting a Kindle myself. I hate e-books. But until I … Continue reading Shunning Technology: The Worst Mistake a Writer Can Make

Why I’m Glad I Went to College

  Writing took on a whole new meaning for me from the moment I stepped foot in Professor Rice’s classroom for Introduction to Fiction Writing. It was my first creative writing class. I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down in the front row of desks, choosing the seat next to the air … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Went to College