Category Archives: Motivation

I am the Greatest! Say it With Me.

Chris Jones’ column in the latest ESPN magazine was all about athletes who like to proclaim that they’re the best. Jones argues that that kind of wishful thinking is necessary. “You have to believe it,” in the words of Ivan Nova, the NY Yankees pitcher. Otherwise, you get bogged down in a world of stats […]

Bradbury’s Bright Fire

It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books. The same things could be in the “parlor families” today. The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through the radios and televisors, but are not. No, no, it’s not books at all you’re looking for! Take it where […]

Rough Draft Mission, Week Two

“I never want to see you again! Go away!” That’s what I told my main character today. I’ve got sore spots on my elbows and wrists from the writing, but I’ve also got 32,6oo words done on my novel in progress. For those who don’t know, this past week and the one before I dedicated […]

Books Don’t Die, They Just Move On.

Sometimes I forget about the title of my blog, but a recent foray onto 20 Something Bloggers (which I still qualify for, barely) reminded me, and a conversation with my roommate reminded me of one proof that the uncultured heathens have not yet reclaimed the world. Nobody throws away books. We give away books to […]

These are a Few of my Favorite Things

The bachelor party was a splendid good time, in case you were wondering, and yes, we caught tons and tons and tons of fish, almost enough for each of us to have one bite. This weekend is the wedding,  so once again I’m a bit absent. However, I leave you with this: All my favorite […]

Tone your Writing AND your Abs in Ten Easy Steps!

Perhaps because I’ve been closely following TH Mafi’s hilarious Querypolitan, I’ve been stricken by the bug to write about the intersection of physical fitness and a writing career, which I very briefly touched on here. Writing seems to most the dreadful nemesis of physical fitness, a stony-faced Greek goddess armed with the ability to inflict […]

What Vehicular Manslaughter Can Teach us About Writing

Every day of the last two weeks I’ve nearly been run over. I donated my car weeks ago, and though I have always walked and biked around town a lot, being car-less has made me notice how often I have to dive back unto the sidewalk or swerve out of traffic to avoid being mauled […]

It Takes a Long Time Just to Get to the Trailhead

Bowling Green’s Creative Writing department uses the graduate school as their hatchet men. My official rejection came yesterday, a month and a half after the other schools. The letter says, “we have been advised by the department that your request for admission has been denied.” Also, the class Lindsay and I planned to teach has […]

Quotas, part 2

Words are like calories. You need them, but you only want to ingest fulfilling calories from protein and vitamins and beautiful lyrical description. You don’t want empty calories, like high-fructose corn syrup or pages of pointless description. Which is the problem with quotas. Quotas are like an appetite, and when you’ve got a quota staring […]


Point to the internet this morning. I signed on half an hour ago to write this post and nearly stood up and walked away from the computer just now having forgotten to write it entirely. Back in the good old days I used to write an hour every day. For a long time I fell […]