When writers are asked what they do for a living, most admit that they stammer or say, “Oh, I write” or something to that effect. See, I don’t get that. I don’t understand why a writer would have a problem saying he or she is a writer any more than a dentist would have a […]
Isolation is just a state of mind. If you get out there, you never know when you’ll make a friend for life. Keep your options open. Keep looking. People come, people go, people change. Be open to relationships, but don’t become so dependent on them that you lose yourself. Find you. Be you. Don’t let […]
Every once in a while, my slate is wiped completely clean. I have this luxury, if you can call it that, of having a blank sheet of paper on which I get to create where I want to take my life. When it doesn’t terrify the crap out of you, it can be fun.
Nine years ago, I graduated high school among the top in my class, with acceptance letters from every university I applied to. Eight years ago, I failed college. Five years ago, I became a writer.
It’s difficult sometimes, to keep a balance between the things you want to be writing, and the things you write for money. I’ve struggled with this often, as most of you know, and have erred on the side of chasing only after my dream projects and ignoring the work I should be doing to pay […]
The first time I was published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, I wasn’t very proud of the essay that got selected. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn’t my best work. So I figured, hey, I could write for them pretty often. They haven’t even seen my best yet. Unfortunately, that’s still […]
Show of hands. How many people got wasted? I want to say something funny and smart and inspirational, but words are failing me today, so I’ll wish you peace in whatever circumstances you find yourself, and the strength to deal with anything life throws your way. May you find whatever it is your heart desires. […]
Damn, this was a hard list to make. I want to set a good example though, so okay, I’ll talk about accomplishments. I want to hear about yours in the comments.
I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t give out book recommendations before the year end. It was a tough decision, but I have, after many many hours of deliberation, chosen my top picks of 2007.
Like most writers, I find it easier to list my failures than I do my successes. But there’s one exceptionally wonderful quality I have– I can find the positive in almost any situation. What that means is that even though it’s easy for me to list where I’ve failed, it’s equally easy for me to […]