Soundtracks by Mood: a Comprehensive Guide

I am one of those people who always writes to music. I never, never write without music playing. In fact, I'm listening to music right now. I actually listen to music pretty much constantly. I guess I just like life having a soundtrack. Like I live in a musical. Anywho. I generally listen to movie … Continue reading Soundtracks by Mood: a Comprehensive Guide

2020 Wrap Up: the Year to End All Years

Well, 2020 is over folks, though that doesn't mean this year is going to be infinitely better than the last (don't mean to be a Puddleglum here), and if it's not, we can't say "well, it's 2020" anymore, so what are we gonna do??? What are we gonna blame it on now?? But anyway, with … Continue reading 2020 Wrap Up: the Year to End All Years

Mission Accomplished, Burn Out NOT Avoided

Good morning. Or good afternoon. Or whatever time of day you are reading this. But congratulations. You nearly made it to the end of 2020, a year no one saw coming, or at least I certainly didn't see coming, since I wrote this piece of gold at the beginning of the year: "2020 is cool. … Continue reading Mission Accomplished, Burn Out NOT Avoided

Creativity is hungry, give it a snack

"Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, everyone was panicking, even the mouse" (Actually I'm not panicking, just sort of like "Christmas....is.....NEXT WEEK???? WHAT??) The holidays usually bring a rush and even with the weirdness of the pandemic, things are still busy, or maybe for you it has nothing to do with … Continue reading Creativity is hungry, give it a snack

bleary eyed and clinging onto a rocket hurtling towards the new year (November Wrap Up

IT'S DECEMBER. IT'S ADVENT. 24 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS. And a foot of snow was dumped on Ohio. Me trying to get out of the driveway yesterday WRITING Well, first off, another NaNoWriMo IN THE BAG. This is my 5th NaNo and the 2nd I've won (the first three were....not great but not too terribly awful. … Continue reading bleary eyed and clinging onto a rocket hurtling towards the new year (November Wrap Up

When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

This Saturday we (me?) talked about the Essay Box. Short recap: "Waaay back when I was applying for college (one day we’ll get into my college story, but it is not this day), I had to write a lot of papers explaining my “why”. Why I had chosen the majors I had chosen (at the … Continue reading When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

Saturday Morning Post, Vol. 37

Hope everyone made it through Friday the 13th, 2020 version. I myself am still in Friday and am seated with a heating pad on my neck because of some whiplash from the Mouse King (The Nutcracker rehearsal collision. It went a bit like this....) (I was the guy in the grey. ) (I'm sorry I … Continue reading Saturday Morning Post, Vol. 37

First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

"First drafts are supposed to be messy," a famous writer once said. Or maybe a conglomerate of famous writers. Or maybe that was just the internet screaming at us. We've all heard this maxim before and have been like "yeah yeah, I get it, but my draft isn't just messy it's a dumpster fire and … Continue reading First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell