Thoughts on NaNoWriMo

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”

Trifecta Writing Prompt: PHANTOM

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”

Work Goes Faster When You Can Dance at Your Desk

… 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”

Novel excerpt — Prologue

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”

[Insert Pinocchio voice here] “I’m a real boy!”

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!””

Six Sentences Prompt

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”

Words are hard, mmmkay? — Thoughts about productivity

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”

What does my writing sound like?

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?”