As mentioned in an earlier post I'm working through "Wonderbook" (Vandermeer) in an effort to boost my creativity. For Writing Challenge #2, I had to choose a subject and gather materials related to that subject from four different text sources written in diverse styles and/or points of view. From these disparate sources a three to … Continue reading A Sunflower by Any Other Name
In honor of Halloween I decided to read the classic haunted house story The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I found this book on many "Scariest Books all Time" lists so I decided to give it a shot. Full disclosure before I move on, thus far the two scariest books I've ever read were The … Continue reading Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House – Atmospheric and Unsettling with a Pitch Perfect Ending
Columbine. For many Americans, this word conjures powerful words and imagery. I tend to associate the following whenever I hear the word: School shooting Bullying Jocks Trench coat mafia Outcasts Over the years, I had heard mumblings that perhaps this was the wrong narrative. That someone, somewhere got the story wrong. I hardly paid attention. … Continue reading Book Review: “Columbine”, by Dave Cullen. No Easy Answers.
And it will be a tragic comedy. I love my family. I do. But I've always felt like I'm from a different planet. Somewhere in the great beyond my soul got shuttled into this family that I'm destined to never really understand, or fully fit, yet be eternally frustrated by. They are good people, … Continue reading Someday I Will Write a Tell All About My Family
I like to think I have an alter ego, like Clark Kent but without the superpowers. One side to my personality resides on this site, the more creative, inspirational, and frankly more open side. The other lives in the "real world". By that I mean the side of my personality responsible for paying the bills, … Continue reading Lessons From my Alter Ego: Getting Out of a Prickly Place
I like to consider my ongoing writing a work of fantasy. Which, technically speaking, I suppose it is. But lately I find myself wondering if it's really weird (or fantastical) enough for my chosen genre. Certainly there are plenty of "other world" elements but believe me it's no The Left Hand of Darkness of Ursula … Continue reading But Is It Weird Enough?
It's a strange thing to admit, I love reaction videos. Well, I should clarify, certain types of reaction videos, namely those that deal with entertainment pieces that (a) I love and, (b) evokes a strong reaction. I'm trying to remember what piece of entertainment drove me to watch a reaction video. I think it was … Continue reading My Latest Obsession: YouTube Reaction Videos