You guys, I am so sorry about the state of this blog lately. All I can say is that I've only had two days where I could just be at home and rest since the end of March, and I don't foresee that schedule letting up until the middle of May. I am … Continue reading Update (in case you’re wondering).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hnI7yhIWGY "So you write down a word but it's not the right word, So you try a new word but you hate the new word And you need a good word but you can't find the word Oh where is it, what is it, what is it, where is it..." Shakespeare just gets it.
I love watching The Greats struggle, don't you? Not (necessarily) in a sadistic way, but just because it's comforting to know that stuff doesn't always go smoothly for them. For example, here's an excerpt from a letter Charles Dickens wrote to a friend while he was working on Little Dorrit: "Prowling about the rooms, sitting … Continue reading Prowling About.
I've been thinking a lot lately about how often many words are used to camouflage things. Laziness, shallowness, deceit... Almost any nasty thing you can think of. This goes for everyday life, but it also goes for the writing life. How easy it can be to toss a bunch of words at a project to … Continue reading Say It in a Single Word.
Well, folks, here's hoping this blog post will publish itself eventually. I'm housesitting in an amazing waterfront home with amazingly bad internet access. Hence the missed post on Tuesday. Not that I'm complaining, naturally. I've got such an amazing view that it would be a shame to waste my eyes on Buzzfeed videos. But it … Continue reading Stuff the Words in Wherever They Fit.
A fictional character. A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, PEOPLE, JEEZ! I'm not a murderer. That being said, I've got a confession to make. I've had a story running around in my head for a number of years now, but I know that in order to make it have the right impact, somebody is going to have to … Continue reading How do you Know if it’s Okay to Kill Someone?
"If there is no room in poetry for difficulty, where is difficulty to go? Just as poetry provides a home for ambiguity, it offers difficulty a place to be dramatized if not solved." -Billy Collins He goes on, however, to emphasize that there is a difference between wrestling with difficulty and deliberately making things obscure.
You guyssssss I am SO SORRY for the lack of posting. This has been a rough month for me. There has been a lot of stuff going on in my other lives, both as a human being and as a Young Life leader. Some of it good, some of it not so good. Plus I've … Continue reading Get in Front of a Crowd.
"To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist." -Jasper Johns I recently discovered Jasper Johns. He's got some good stuff to say about art and the creative process. As usual, swap in the word "writer" for "artist." Or just shrug and say "A writer is … Continue reading Give Up Everything.
My writing has gone down the drain again. A bit of bad critique, plus a whole lot of busyness, mixed in with a little... I don't know, Seasonal Affective Disorder maybe? At any rate, there hasn't been much writing going on in the past couple of weeks, and what little there has been turned out … Continue reading Just Read, for Goodness Sake.