Writing Goals 2020 | Progress Report

Earlier this year I decided to follow that new goals tag and make a list of seven things I’d like to accomplish with my writing in 2020. Now that we’re nearly halfway through (crazy), I thought I’d take a look back and give a progress report on how things are going. Let’s take a lookContinue reading “Writing Goals 2020 | Progress Report”

I Unplugged the Television For A Month. Here’s What Happened.

We humans make choices every day. Sometimes collectively, but mostly individually. We are creatures of habit and prefer sticking to our routines like flies on poo. Unless something dramatic happens and our simple pleasures suddenly disappear, we’ll follow that path indefinitely. I’m one of those creatures with a terrible case of procrastination. Procrastination has trulyContinue reading “I Unplugged the Television For A Month. Here’s What Happened.”

First Person Tweets vs. Third Person Stories

It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someoneContinue reading “First Person Tweets vs. Third Person Stories”

Stories From My Past | Why I Write, Part 1

A few days ago an old classmate from middle school and I reconnected over Facebook. The irony of this is I didn’t even have a Facebook page for over a year and a half. But, due to quarantine and not seeing family going on a month, I’d decided it was time to have one again.Continue reading “Stories From My Past | Why I Write, Part 1”

How I’m Improving My Craft

Are you brand new to the wonderful world of writing? Then welcome! You’re in for a mighty wild ride. If you think you’re going to just be able to sit down and write the next great American novel in one sitting, then you’ve definitely been lied to. I’m a doubter. I’ve always discredited my God-givenContinue reading “How I’m Improving My Craft”

Life Needs Structure, Too.

ADDENDUM: Wednesday isn’t listed in the graphic below because I, well, forgot to include it! But Wednesdays are Family Dinner Nights after work, so not much can happen anyway. What does a lack of structure say about one’s insecurities? One would think that, after years of working retail and food service, I’d realize I needContinue reading “Life Needs Structure, Too.”

The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journey began nearlyContinue reading “The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill”

Two Introverts Walk Into a Conference

I am an introvert and creature of habit. Everything in my home has purpose and a place to go, a structured schedule gives me life, and I’m in my element when alone. “I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in myContinue reading “Two Introverts Walk Into a Conference”

The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journeyContinue reading “The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy”

The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow

As an unpublished, nonprofessional writer working on my first novel, I nevertheless had access to extremely talented people who would help make my manuscript better, people who’ve made careers out of providing careful, constructive criticism to writers. I’m tremendously grateful to them Chris Pavone – source No writer, no human being for that matter, canContinue reading “The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow”