People have been asking me lately — as they do every year — whether or not I will participate in National Novel Writing Month. The answer — as it is every year — is probably not. November is a busy time for school. I’ll be writing essays and reading books and doing all manner ofContinue reading “Thoughts on NaNoWriMo”
I found a thing! I love all these online avenues that push us to create on a weekly/daily basis. Trifecta is a weekly prompt that requires writers to come up with a story between 33 and 333 words that uses the third definition (in a standard dictionary) of a given word. This week, the word isContinue reading “Trifecta Writing Prompt: PHANTOM”
… and that goes doubly for when you’re writing. Sadly, I am not doing that right now. But I AM listening to the fantastic new album from Panic! at the Disco. I think people are going to give them shit for this one, but I actually love it. It’s like they took a look insideContinue reading “Work Goes Faster When You Can Dance at Your Desk”
Here is the opening to my fantasy novel project, which I am calling (thanks to a friend in my cohort at school that is waaaaaay better at titles than I am) THE BLOOD OF THE WINDMAKER. Any feedback is appreciated! Heave. The slow, heavy intake of breath sounded like wind whining through blasted rock; raggedContinue reading “Novel excerpt — Prologue”
Well folks, as of today, I am a published writer! The lovely folks over at Burningword Literary Journal have seen fit to give two of my poems a home in their July 1 issue. I literally squealed when I opened the email. Part of my excitement comes from the fact that these two poems areContinue reading “[Insert Pinocchio voice here] “I’m a real boy!””
I learned yesterday that my short story “How to Dye Window Treatments” is going to be published in the online magazine ObsessionMag (check them out here or here). Sweet beans! I’ll be sure to upload a link when one appears.
I was given the prompt to write a story in six sentences or less. Here is my attempt. The girl grew up on the “west” side of town. The average middle-class white kid either thought he was the reincarnation of Jack Kerouac or a bullet-addled thug; his parents thought themselves the only people who hadContinue reading “Six Sentences Prompt”
Lately I’ve been feeling quite productive as far as writing goes. I hit 34k in my current manuscript, I have been submitting short fiction (which means I’ve been writing short fiction), and I squeezed out a poem or two in the last few weeks. What’s my secret, you ask? No secret, really. A graduate programContinue reading “Words are hard, mmmkay? — Thoughts about productivity”
Someone asked me once what kind of music I listen to while I write. I was rather at a loss for words. It’s not that I don’t know what kind of music I find in my earbuds on a consistent basis. It’s that I didn’t know how this person would react when I said thatContinue reading “What does my writing sound like?”
One day, a bird flew inside my rib cage.It thumped and jumped and whirreduntil I knew it was dead.And the sad, sweet sorrow sang inside my stomachuntil all I could feel was the breezebeneath my heart where my rib cage used to be.