Death is Inevitable, Make Stupid Choices

This is a post about how safety is an illusion and we’re all going to die. The other day I asked on Facebook if I should apply to Clarion West’s writing workshop and I got a pretty loud resounding no from everyone for various reasons – that the average writer at Clarion didn’t get published, […]

Life Supports Art

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” – Stephen King, On Writing I’ve recently started going to Kung Fu, so […]

Monsters, Inside and Out

Maybe Kevin Spacey is a monster, but it doesn’t shock me. Did you think rapists lived in coiled caves and drank blood under full moons, growing fur around their ankles? Monsters are not born in boiled mountains, fed on ash and bones. They are made out of gaping wounds, excuses, selfishness, the stupidity that comes […]

Want to Be a Better Writer? Write.

Every-time someone asks how they can improve their writing, I see the same answers: Join a critique group, read “writing how-to” books, find a writing buddy, join an online writing community. The problem is that most of these are investments into social groups, and the people that I see most involved in social groups are […]

I Cook Because It Teaches Me How to Be Alive

When you cook a meal, it is the perfect representation of how will and action produce results. As I cook and try out new recipes, I’m learning what it’s like to be alive. I force myself out of disassociation by salting a broth and tasting how it makes the dish become brilliant with new dimensions. […]

Some Notes on Writing Characters

Write interesting characters

A facet of a character’s personality can surface in several ways. Imagine a character who wants to avoid anything unpleasant. – such as only wanting to see perfection and not wanting to see the bad side of life, can be shown in their actions, from being fascinated by the outside to hating a new television […]

Loss Is Inevitable, But so is Possibility

Every positive change in my life has required a loss. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, we live in a universe where all exchanges require reciprocal physics. Eating dinner is the act of alchemy – we use our bodies to transmute food for fuel and in that process, something is lost. “Life is […]